2019 Spring Statement ? what to expect

Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver the 2019 Spring Statement today. We will be keeping you up-to-date on the latest developments.

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The Chancellor will respond to the latest economic and public finance forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), and announce some areas for consultation on the longer-term tax challenges.

Ahead of the Spring Statement, business groups have outlined the actions that they would like Mr Hammond to take. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for the Chancellor to increase funding for public services by an additional £15 billion, and increase capital spending by £10 billion.

Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, said: ‘Positive action is needed from the government to direct funds to the public services people depend on and rescue them from breaking point. And every part of Britain must get investment in the modern infrastructure needed for growth.’

Meanwhile, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the Chancellor to tackle the UK’s ‘late payment crisis’; commit to a one-year ‘safe harbour’ approach to Making Tax Digital (MTD) fines; and introduce additional measures to make the business rates system fairer.

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TUC report reveals household debt has ‘hit new peak’

A report published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that UK household debt has ‘reached new highs’.

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The report revealed that unsecured debt per household rose to £15,385 during the third quarter of 2018 – representing a rise of £886 when compared to a year earlier.

Meanwhile, total unsecured debt rose to £428 billion in the third quarter of last year, according to the report.

The TUC said that government austerity and ‘years of wage stagnation’ are the key factors behind the increase in unsecured household debt.

Commenting on the findings, Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, said: ‘Household debt is at crisis level. Years of austerity and wage stagnation has pushed millions of families deep into the red.

‘Our economy is not working for workers. They need stronger rights and bargaining powers. Trade unions should be allowed the freedom to enter every workplace to negotiate higher wages.’

TUC calls for ‘bold rise’ in minimum wage

07 Nov 2013

The TUC has called for a ‘bold rise’ in the national minimum  wage (NMW) next year, in its submission to the Low Pay Commission.

According to the organisation, if the minimum wage had kept  pace with price rises since 2007, the annual salary of a full-time worker in  receipt of the NMW would have been £770 higher this year.

The NMW rose by 1.9% in on 1 October, bringing the main  adult rate to £6.31 an hour.

However, the TUC argues that the NMW must increase by more  than the rate of inflation or average earnings growth, in order to avoid  putting further financial pressure on low-paid workers.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said, ‘With  hard-working families all around the UK facing cuts to their benefits and tax  credits, the minimum wage is becoming even more of a vital lifeline, and at the  very least must keep pace with inflation and earnings’.

‘As the economic recovery strengthens there will be more  capacity to increase minimum wage rates in 2014, and the government has a real  chance to be more ambitious about raising the rates’.