Autumn Budget 2023 Unveiled: Examining Key Highlights

Jessica Cutten L4 CIM

The Autumn Budget 2023 has been revealed, showcasing several noteworthy changes. Let’s take a closer look at the key takeaways from this financial announcement.

National Living Wage Adjustments ⏩

The national living wage is set to increase from £10.42 to £11.44, with the age threshold lowered to 21 years old from the previous 23. This modification aims to provide a higher income for a broader range of individuals entering the workforce.

Minimum Wage Adjustments for Younger Workers ⬆️

For 18-20 year-olds, the national minimum wage will rise from £7.49 to £8.60 per hour. Apprentices will also experience an increase, with their wage moving from £5.28 to £6.40.

State Pension Gets a Significant Boost 💼

Starting April 2024, the state pension will see an 8.5% increase, reaching £221.20 per week. This adjustment aims to offer additional financial support to retirees.

Self-Employed Individuals Receive Financial Relief 💼

The flat rate of £3.45 per week for Class 2 NIC’s will be abolished, saving self-employed individuals £192 annually from April 2024. Furthermore, Class 4 NIC’s will decrease from 9% to 8% for earnings between £12,570 and £50,270.

Continued Support for Businesses 🏢

Business owners in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors will benefit from the extension of the 75% discount on business rates up to £110k for another year. This extension is seen as crucial support during ongoing economic challenges.

Employee NIC’s Experience a Reduction ⬇️

From January 6th, 2024, employee NIC’s will decrease from 12% to 10%, providing employees with a modest increase in take-home pay.

Share Your Thoughts

As the implications of the Autumn Budget 2023 sink in, we invite you to share your perspectives. How do you anticipate these changes affecting you and your business? Join the conversation below and let’s explore the varied opinions surrounding this financial announcement.

For more information on the Autumn budget visit gov.uk

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