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The Budget March 2015 – how does it affect you?


  • Personal tax-free allowance will be increased to £10,800 in April 2016, and to £11,000 in April 2017.
  • There will be a review on the use of Deeds of Variation (also known as Deeds of Family Arrangement) to avoid inheritance tax.
  • Annual tax return for the self-employed to be abolished and Class 2 National Insurance contributions for the self-employed to be abolished in the next parliament.
  • Farmers will be allowed to average their incomes for tax purposes over five years.

Pension & Wages

  • Pension pot lifetime allowance to be reduced from £1.25m to £1m from next year.
  • National Minimum Wage will rise by 20p an hour to £6.70 from October. The hourly rate for younger workers will also rise, and for apprentices it will increase by 57p to £3.30 an hour.
  • The threshold at which people start paying 40p tax will rise by above inflation from £42,385 to £43,300.


  • A “Help to Buy ISA” will be launched for first-time buyers. For every £200 saved for a deposit, the Government will top it up with £50 (capped at £3,000).
  • From April next year, the first £1,000 of interest earned on savings will be tax-free for standard-rate taxpayers. Higher rate taxpayers will get a £500 allowance.


  • Fuel duty increase scheduled for September is cancelled.
  • Beer duty to be cut for the third year running, with 1p off the price of a pint. Cider duty to be cut by 2%. Duty on scotch whisky and other spirits to be cut by 2%. Wine duty to be frozen.


  • Corporation tax to be cut to 20% in two weeks’ time.
  • Legislation next week on diverted profits tax aimed at multinationals shifting profits offshore, with policy to take effect at the start of April.
  • Employers’ National Insurance contributions for under-21s to be abolished from this April, and for young apprentices from April 2016.
  • There will be “more generous” tax credits for TV and film, expanded support for video games industry and new tax credit for orchestras, and a consultation on tax relief for local newspapers.

Charity & Welfare Spending

  • Trebling in £15m fund for church roof appeals, and extension to £8,000 in automatic gift aid to benefit 6,500 small charities.
  • Charities for British servicemen and women to receive £75m.
  • Up to £600m to clear new spectrum bands for further auctions, improving mobile phone coverage nationwide, including in remote    communities.
  • Increased funding for wifi in public libraries and new national plan for ultra-fast broadband to nearly all homes in the country.