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Autumn Statement – Snap Reaction

Jeremy Hunt, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has delivered his Autumn Statement, and we wanted to keep you informed about what has just been announced.Autumn Statement – Snap Reaction

We’ll provide more detailed insight over the coming days, but for now, here are the main headlines.



  • Employee National Insurance to be cut from 12% to 10% from January 6th 2024.
  • Class 2 National Insurance charge for self-employed people earning more than £12,570 to be abolished from April 2024.
  • Main rate of Class 4 self-employed National Insurance Contributions to be cut from 9% to 8% from April 2024.
  • No change to Income or Inheritance Tax rates.


Pensions and savings

  • Government to open consultation on pension pot reforms, so savers have a legal right to require a new employer to pay pension contributions into their existing pension. Employers should note that this would take some considerable time to implement due to the practical problems this presents.
  • The flat rate state pension will increase by 8.5% from £203.85 to £221.20 a week from April 2024. The maximum paid to those who reached state pension age before April 6th 2016 is currently £156.20 a week, increasing to £169.50 a week.
  • Pensions triple lock to be maintained.
  • ISA limits frozen, but ISA rules to become more flexible. We will provide more detail on this in our full report.
  • The Lifetime Allowance remains on track to be abolished in April 2024, via legislation in the Autumn Finance Bill 2023.


Living costs

  • Up to £10,000 off electricity bills over 10 years for those living closest to new energy infrastructure.
  • Duty rates on all tobacco products will increase by 2%, and duty on hand-rolling tobacco will go up by 12%.
  • Alcohol duty to be frozen until August 2024.



  • Tax break allowing businesses to deduct the full cost of investing in machinery and equipment from their tax bill is now permanent.
  • Tougher regulation on late payers to improve prompt payments to SMEs to be introduced.
  • 75% discount on business rates for retail, hospitality and leisure firms extended for another year.
  • New rules to encourage local authorities to fast-track major business planning applications.
  • £500m to be invested in schemes to make the UK an “AI powerhouse”.
  • Reforms to R&D tax reliefs to simplify and improve the system, which will combine the existing R&D Expenditure Credit and SME schemes.



  • The OBR forecasts inflation will fall to 2.8% by the end of 2024, and reach the Bank of England’s 2% target in 2025.
  • OBR predicts economic growth of 0.6% in 2023. This is higher than its earlier estimate of a 0.2% contraction.
  • OBR has downgraded its growth forecasts for the next two years. The organisation expects growth of 0.7% in 2024, down from its earlier prediction of 1.8%. This will be followed by 1.4% growth in 2025, which is lower than its previous forecast of 2.5%.



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