Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced measures for lower-income and self-employed workers in his first Autumn Statement.
He said that the minimum wage will rise by 30p an hour that the Government will raise the income tax free personal allowance to £12,500 by the 2020 at the latest.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced he is abolishing the Autumn Statement and moving the main budget statement outside of the Budget from the spring to the autumn.
"This Autumn Statement will be my last," he told MPs before clarifying he would still return to deliver two major statements as mandated by Parliament.
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship responded:
Autumn Statement to be abolished !
An Autumn Budget and a Spring Statement now!! Hilarity in Commons
The Spring Statement will be a pointless matter now - the Autumn Budget will become a whopper instead
Chancellor Philip Hammond has said £5 billion will be raised from measures to stop multi-nationals avoiding paying tax.
He announced plans to reduce the difference in tax paid on cash earnings and benefits in kind, which he said was being used by some to pay less tax, along with a host of tax-accruing measures in his first Autumn Statement:
- Measures to stop multi-nationals avoiding tax to raise £5 billion from the largest businesses in the UK.
- Measures to crackdown on inappropriate tax avoidance to raise around £2 billion over the forecast period.
- Government to raise £630 million by removing tax benefits of disguised earnings for the self-employed and employers.
Other key tax measures announced included:
- Rural Rate Relief to be increased to 100% giving small businesses a tax break worth up to £2900.
- Employee and employer National Insurance thresholds to be equalised at £157 per week from April 2017, at a maximum cost to business of £7.18 per employee a year.
- Insurance premium tax to rise from 10% to 12% next June.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced public spending will be 40% of GDP, a drop of 5% from 2010.
He delivered the following spending announcements to MPs:
- Departmental spending plans set out in 2015 Spending Review to remain in place, with expenditure to grow in line with inflation in 2021/22.
- The £3.5 billion of efficiency savings announced at the Budget to be delivered in full.
- Corporation tax will be reduced to 17% as planned.
- The Government will meet commitments to protect budgets for key public services, defence, overseas aid and the pension "triple lock" until the end of this Parliament.
- For the oil and gas sector, the Carbon Price Support will be capped until 2020 and business rates reductions worth £6.7 billion will be implemented.
The Ministry of Justice has been given permission to employ a further 2,500 prison officers "to tackle urgent prison safety issues," Philip Hammond has announced in his first Autumn Statement.
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ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston and Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship have reacted to the early announcements from Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement:
So far: Hammond has predicted SLOWER growth, HIGHER inflation, WEAKER tax receipts, HIGHER borrowing. Gulp
Woah. Previously the peak for national debt was 83% of GDP. It's now going to be 90.2% of GDP in 2017/18 #AutumnStatement
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund of £23 billion to be spent on innovation and infrastructure over next five years.
Setting out his first Autumn Statement, Mr Hammond said the fund will "directly contribute" to raising Britain's productivity.
Raising productivity is essential for the high-wage, high-skill economy that will deliver higher living standards for working people.
The new funding commitments include:
- New research, development and innovation investment rising to an extra £2bn per year by 20-21
- £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund to deliver infrastructure for up to 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand
- A further £1.4bn to deliver 40,000 additional affordable homes
- An additional £1.1bn of investment in English local transport networks
Mr Hammond also announced a programme of major road schemes in the north as part of a strategy for "addressing productivity barriers in the Northern Powerhouse".
Regional investments will include:
- £1.8bn from the Local Growth Fund to the English regions
- 556m to Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North of England
- £542m to the Midlands and East of England
- £683m to LEPs in the South West, South East and London
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced rising Government borrowing figures as he confirmed it no longer plans to deliver a surplus in public finances by 2020.
He said Government borrowing will fall from £68.2bn this year to £21.9bn in 2019-20, followed by £20.7bn and £17.2bn in 2021-22.
ITV Economics Editor Noreena Hertz tweeted:
#AutumnStatement Hammond drums the important of fiscal responsiblity home. But says no longer plan to deliver a surplus in 2020...
#AutumnStatement For anyone who thought end of austerity. No. Welfare spending will have a cap, but no new welfare savings in this budget
The new figures show a widening gap between the planned forecasts delivered by his predecessor George Osborne back in March.
The Office for Budget Responsibility has slashed the GDP growth forecast for 2017 from 2.2% to 1.4%, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.
Mr Hammond confirmed the updated forecasts for economic growth as he set out his first Autumn Statement.
Today’s OBR forecast is for growth to be 2.1% in 2016; higher than forecast in March. In 2017 the OBR forecasts growth to slow to 1.4%, which they attribute to lower investment and weaker consumer demand. As the effects of uncertainty diminish, the OBR forecasts growth recovering to 1.7% in 2018, 2.1% in 2019 and 2020, and 2% in 2021.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has begun delivering his first Autumn Statement in the House of Commons. Watch it live: