Hunt’s politically charged budget

Hunt’s politically charged budget gives the voting public a second National Insurance cut in six months, but will it be enough to save the Tory party in the upcoming General Election?

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivered what could be his last Spring Budget (on 6 March 2024), with a further 2% National Insurance cut making the headlines, but there were other measures introduced which could have an impact on your finances.  So, what was announced?

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National Insurance

Following the 2% National Insurance reduction announced in the Autumn Statement last November, a further 2% National Insurance reduction was announced.  This will again affect earnings between £12,570 and £50,270 p.a. and will take effect in April 2024 in the pre-election giveaway that was widely anticipated following speculation in the press.  This will save workers up to a further £753 p.a., on top of the up to £753 p.a. saving as a result of the reduction announced in the Autumn Statement.

Child Benefit

It was announced that the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) will be replaced by a household income based system in April 2026 following a consultation.  In the meantime, from April 2024 the threshold above which the HICBC starts to apply on a tapered basis will increase from £50,000 to £60,000 and the top of the taper will increase from £60,000 to £80,000 in a move that Mr Hunt will hope will please working families.


Following speculation prior to the Autumn Statement, a British ISA was announced. This will be a further £5,000 tax free ISA allowance for investments into British companies, which will be available in addition to the standard £20,000 ISA allowance.

A new British Savings Bond will also be made available through National Savings and Investments (NS&I), which will offer a fixed rate over three years, though the rate payable has not been announced.


Regarding the lifetime allowance, currently 0% and due to be scrapped in April 2024, there were no further changes announced. However, Mr Hunt did not miss the opportunity to reference Labour’s plans to reintroduce the allowance, stating “Ask any Doctor what they think about Labour’s plans to bring it back, and they will say “don’t go back to square one'.”

There were also new rules announced requiring Defined Contribution and Local Government pension funds to disclose how much UK equity exposure they have relative to their international equity exposure.  This could prove controversial given the funds’ mandates will be to produce the best risk adjusted return they can for investors, irrespective of their asset allocation.


It was announced that higher rate Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rates on property sales will be reduced from 28% to 24% in April 2024, in a move that the government claims will be revenue generating.  The Furnished Holiday Lettings (FHLs) regime will also be abolished. 


The current ‘non-dom’ rules, a tax advantageous regime for those who are non-UK domiciled (their ‘permanent home’ is outside the UK), will be replaced by a residency based system from 2025.

Inheritance Tax

After strong rumours that Inheritance Tax would be scrapped before last year’s Autumn Statement, it was not mentioned in the Chancellor’s budget statement.


In what was always going to be a politically charged speech given the proximity to the general election, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will hope he has done enough to convince voters to give the Conservative Party another term in office in his Spring Budget.  In what the Labour Party leader Keir Starmer described as a ‘Last Desperate Act’; the speech was filled with warnings about the potential implications of a future Labour government (the budget speech transcript on the website has ‘political content removed’ 27 times!).  

However, workers, families, those selling second homes and those already benefitting from last year’s Lifetime Allowance changes may see themselves as in a better position than they were previously, and they could see a future Labour Government as a risk to the longevity of the recently announced changes.  

If this is to be the case, there could be a limited opportunity to plan over the next few months.  So now is the time to seek advice, to make sure you are doing all you can to protect you and your family’s wealth. If you'd like to learn more about how you can minimise the amount of tax you pay on your wealth, why not get in touch and speak to one of our experts for a free initial consultation or please speak to your adviser if you would like to discuss any of the changes detailed above.

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