When the sky turns grey and the leaves brown, most of us take it as a sign to go into hibernation. 🐻
That’s everyone but the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Because as the sun fades, it’s their turn to shine (or not). ⛅
With this year’s spotlight firmly on Jeremy Hunt, we thought we’d see how his Autumn Budget might fare against his predecessors using a system we like to call ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’ taxes.
Unlike the real thing, we’ll keep this brief. The Autumn Budget is a statement given yearly by the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer. 📜
The statement outlines the Government’s plans for raising and spending money that year.
It takes place in the UK’s favourite playground, the House of Commons, where the leader of the opposition has the opportunity to give their two cents too. 💁
With the last Autumn budget nearly a year ago, let’s recap what Jeremy Hunt had in store for us.
And all of these changes weren’t exactly cheap. The tax changes were a whopping £55 billion. 💸
Let’s time-travel back to 2019, when Sajid Javid was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer as part of Bojo’s new cabinet. 👱
He was supposed to be first Chancellor to reveal an Autumn Budget since one of Britain’s biggest economic decisions of the century; Brexit. 👋
But things didn’t go as planned. The UK’s departure from the EU wasn’t as swift as initially anticipated, so Javid postponed his budget until March 2020.
In the few months between November 2019 and March 2020, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer was replaced. ✨
And as the saying goes, Out with the old and in with the new. Sorry, Sajid.
He might be Prime Minister now, but it wasn’t that long ago that Rishi Sunak was responsible for raising revenue. But did he introduce ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’ taxes?
For many years, women have advocated for an end to the ‘Tampon Tax’, and Sunak announced that the 5% VAT on women’s sanitary products would be scrapped the following January.
The following Autumn statement was announced amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Unsurprisingly, it altered the UK’s financial course for the foreseeable future. 😭
But, after being kept apart via various lockdowns, the Autumn budget revealed a plan to bring us back together. It was announced that from April 2023, flights between airports in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would be subject to a new lower rate of Air Passenger Duty. ✈️
After Sunak’s two-year stint as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nadhim Zahawi took the reins.
However, history soon repeated itself, as Zahawi’s position as Chancellor came to an abrupt end after a mere two months. 💀
And the shocking (or not so shocking) part? The Chancellor responsible for raising revenue through taxation was sacked due to allegations surrounding his own tax affairs. Tut-tut-tut 😬
It’s fair to say that Kwasi Kwarteng’s position as Chancellor was short-lived. But, despite not making it to the height of Autumn before his dismissal, Kwarteng tried (emphasis on tried) to have his say. 🍁
In September 2022, Kwarteng delivered ‘The Growth Plan’ a.k.a ‘The Mini Budget’ to the House of Commons.
Here’s what he announced:
The public deemed Kwarteng’s taxes to be pretty ‘naughty’. Less than a month later, following the mini-budget’s poor reception, plans to abolish the 45% tax rate and increase in corporation tax were reversed by Hunt.
This year’s Autumn Statement will be delivered on Wednesday 22nd November by the UK’s current Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt.
And rumours are circulating about what cards Hunt is holding close to his chest.
So, let’s dig into some of this speculation:
Of course, there will be a lot more where these rumours came from. But, don’t worry as we’re going to be covering all the changes, tribulations and gossip right here!
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