BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Mixed reaction to budget as pound falls to lowest level in 37 years


13:40 (September 22) – Expert estimates suggest that the tax cuts will cost the exchequer nearly £45 billion (€50.9 billion) a year by 2026.

The good news in the budget is the expectation that the government’s energy plan will reduce peak inflation by around five percentage points, whilst the decision to retain the Annual Investment Allowance for businesses at £1 million (€1.32 million) is expected to bring forward delayed investment in some plant and innovation.

The proposals are a big gamble for the new cabinet, who have effectively pinned their hopes on stimulating the economy through tax cuts. Whether the stimulus will have the desired effect in the short term remains, as it does whether investors regain confidence in the plan, the currency and the economy.

The trade unions certainly don’t think so.

12:40 (September 22) – Reaction to the mini-budget has been mixed with some in the Tory Party likening it to a conservative budget, whilst others have remained tightlipped.

One of the criticisms is the budget has not been accompanied by an Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) impact assessment, whereas others have said the budget is too focused on the “rich” with little in the budget for those on lower incomes.

Investor response has been negative with the pound still trading well down on yesterday’s levels although it is expected to recover somewhat later in the day.

A budget unashamedly for the rich, criticism has come from small business owners and organisations who say that they have been thrown to the wolves. Many were expecting some assistance, particularly those in the hospitality sector who were pinning their hopes on a VAT reduction to help bring back punters.

Criticism has also been levelled at the reduction in stamp duty, which is minimal, but which also will do little to stimulate the economy at a time when interest rates are rising. Those that level criticism, which in fairness does make extra allowance for first-time home buyers, say the reduction will be of little and will if anything help to shore up house prices. In other words, it is possibly going to be of more benefit to sellers than buyers.

12:25 (September 22) – Government papers show that the tax cuts will be funded through further borrowing at an additional cost of £72.4 billion (€82.4 billion).

The mini-budget and the proposed extra borrowing will see government debt rise to over £160 billion (€170 billion) has not been received well by markets with the pound falling to its lowest level against the dollar in more than 37 years.

12:12 (September 22) – The UK’s PM and Chancellor are pinning their hopes of an economic recovery on the biggest tax cuts since 1972.

The mini-budget announced by the new Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng on Friday, September 22,  lives up to Prime Minister Liz Truss’ promises to reduce taxes, which she says are the key to the recovery of the UK economy.

The cuts and changes announced by Kwarteng are:


– The reduction in the basic rate of income tax to 19p from April 2023

– The replacement of the marginal tax rate of 45 per cent with a single top rate of 40 per cent

– A cut in stamp duty with the limited raised to £250,000 and £425,000 for first-time buyers

– A reduction in benefits for those who do not fulfil their job searching commitments



– The planned increase in corporation tax has been scrapped keeping the rate at 19 per cent

– Removal of the cap on bankers’ bonuses with new legislation to bring about regulatory reform

– Reform of the insurance price cap to make it easier for these companies to invest in UK assets

– A new bill to reform planning restrictions and EU-derived laws that the chancellor says “constrain our growth”

– A cut in the business taxes in designated sites


– Legislation to require unions to put all pay offers to a member vote

– A ban on strikes being called before negotiations break down


– The introduction of VAT-free shopping for foreign visitors

The Chancellor is now talking about how the cuts will be funded, with an update to follow.

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    • Vlad

      23 September 2022 • 12:54

      Great news for hard working tax payers.

      Why should benefit cheats, able to work, but don’t want to, get help ?

      All able bodied benefit claimants MUST be forced to work or loose ALL benefits.


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