A couple of weeks ago we highlighted main aspects of the previous chancellors mini-budget. A lot has happened in the house of parliament recently and the new chancellor, Jeremy Hunt reverses most of the mini-budget tax cuts.


Below you can find the updated version from Jeremy Hunts statement.


National Insurance

One of the few things that is staying, is the reversal of the National Insurance social care levy. From 6th November 2022, the extra 1.25% will no longer be added to National Insurance contributions. This means a saving of £330 per year for nearly 28 million people.


Originally the extra 1.25% was introduced to fund the NHS, however, this will now be funded through general taxation.


Income Tax

The biggest reversal is in the rates of income tax. The ex-chancellor said that income tax will be down to 19% from April 2023, however, this will now not go ahead. It will remain at 20% for now.


The abolition of the 45% higher rate income tax has also been reversed. The 45% higher rate income tax band now means that the higher rate earners will pay income tax on earnings over £150,000


Corporation Tax

The reversal on corporation tax for companies means that the increase from 19% to 25% will go ahead after all. This will come into action from April 2023. Only businesses with profits of £250,000 or greater will be taxed at the full 25% rate - about 10% of companies in the UK.


Any companies with profits of £50,000 or lower, will pay at the 19% rate



Rules around the benefit system will remain and unchanged. Benefits can be reduced if people don’t actively search for job commitments. Around 120,000 more people on universal credit to be encouraged to actively seek more work, the over 50’s to be given extra time to work with coaches to help them in the return to work.


What else has been cancelled?

Other measures that have been cancelled include:

·         VAT-free shopping for overseas visitors,

  • A freeze on alcohol duty. Planned increases in the duty rates for beer, cider, wine and spirits will now go ahead
  • Cuts to the tax paid on shareholders' dividends - the increase introduced in April will now stay in place



A typical household using both gas and electricity would pay no more than £2,500 annually for two years the government said. However, the energy price guarantee now only covers this winter. It will be in place until April next year. A review will look at what measures should be put in place after this date.


Stamp Duty

Stamp duty will remain in place. In England, no stamp duty is paid on first £250,000 and for first time buyers, this is increased to £425,000. To check out Wales’ stamp duty rates, please click here


These rules seem like they will stay in place now but, as always, we will keep you up to date with the latest

The chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has claimed that he has made the biggest tax cuts in a generation. So, what is in his mini-budget?

National Insurance

With the cost of living on the rise it is paramount that the Government step in to help. The biggest announcement from this mini budget is the reversal of National Insurance levy that was introduced in April 2022 by ex-chancellor Rishi Sunak. The extra 1.25% increase was going to be used to help fund health and social care. With the latest turnaround, the funding for health and social care will now come from general taxation. 

The reversal means an extra £330 per year for nearly 28 million people and will start from 6th November 2022. National Insurance is a tax paid by employees, employers and the self-employed. Employees pay National Insurance on their wages as well as income tax, employers pay extra NI contributions for staff, and the self-employed pay National Insurance on their profits.

Income Tax

There are also cuts in basic rate of income tax. Currently at 20% for everyone that earns above the personal allowance, from April 2023 this will be down to 19% Government estimates 31 million people will be getting an extra £170 a year in their pay packets.

45% higher rate of income tax abolished for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland taxpayers and a one single higher rate of income tax of 40% from April 2023.

Corporation Tax

Companies will also benefit as the rise in corporation tax has been cancelled. Corporation tax was due to be increased from 19% to 25% in April 2023, however, now this will not go ahead.


Rules around the benefit system have also been changed. Benefits can be reduced if people don’t actively search for job commitments. Around 120,000 more people on universal credit to be encouraged to actively seek more work, the over 50’s to be given extra time to work with coaches to help them in the return to work.


Overseas visitors will also benefit as VAT-free shopping to be introduced. This will encourage visitors to spend more while in the UK. Planned increases in the duties on beer, cider, wine, and for spirits have also been cancelled.

Stamp Duty

Stamp duty is paid when people buy a property. No stamp duty is paid currently on first £250,000 and for first time buyers, this is increased to £425,000. This is currently for England, we will have to wait and see what the Welsh Government do for us.


Energy bills was the one that worried most homeowners. There will be a freeze on energy bills which the government claims will reduce inflation by 5%

Total cost for the energy package to be expected around £60bn for the 6 months from October.

Click here to find out all the other information covered in the mini-budget.

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced the Autumn Budget on Wednesday. A ‘New economy’ as it was branded to help us get through the winter. We digest the budget and give the main highlights and what it means for you. If you did want to read the full budget, please click here 

National Living Wage

There is a lot to get through and one of the notable changes in the Chancellors budget was the increase in the National Living Wage. We will see an increase in pay to £9.50 per hour for anyone aged 23+ from April 2022. That’s an increase of 6% from the current £8.91 and the pay rise worth extra £1,000 for full time workers.

Social Care Levy

A new health and social care levy is to be introduced on all of us. It is a 1.25% charge on 

National Insurance from April 2022.  The rate also affects Employers National Insurance, and the dividend rates will also change in line with the new social care levy of 1.25%

Employees National insurance will change from 12% to 13.25%

Employers National Insurance will change from 13.8% to 15.05%

Sole traders National Insurance will rise from 9% to 10.25%

Dividend rates as follows:

Lowest rate 8.75% from April 2022

Mid-rate 33.75%

High rate 39.35%

From April 2023 the 1.25% social care levy will show as a separate section of the tax rate system. National Insurance will revert to where it was.

Why is this social care levy coming in?

The funds from the social care levy will be used for care homes and funding for pensioners. This includes several reforms to how people pay for adult social care in England, supported by £5.4 billion of investment over the next three years.

The reforms include:

From October 2023 a cap on personal care costs of £86,000.

The threshold above which somebody is not eligible for local authority support towards their social care costs (upper capital limit) is increasing from £23,250 to £100,000 from October 2023.

The threshold below which somebody does not have to contribute towards their care costs from their capital (lower capital limit) is increasing from £14,250 to £20,000.

If somebody has capital between £20,000 and £100,000 the local authority may fund some of their care, but they may have to contribute up to 20% of their chargeable assets per year (in addition to their income).

Increasing the amount of income that care recipients can retain after contributing towards their care costs (the Minimum Income Guarantee and the Personal Expenses Allowance) in line with inflation from April 2022.

Corporation Tax

From April 2023 changes to corporation tax are coming in place. The reintroduction of the marginal rate system which has been done away with for several years. 

Corporation tax rates for business with:

Profit £50,000 or below – 19% rate

Profit between £50,000 to £250,000 - 25% rate (less marginal relief calculation)

Profit above £250,000 - 25% rate

Super deduction for purchase of equipment and allowance capital allowances will bring tax relief of 130% applies to incorporated (Limited companies, PLC’s) business only and is in place for two years. 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2023

The £1 million annual investment allowance is still available to every company including sole traders.

Business Rates

A new one year 50% business rates discount for retail, hospitality, & leisure businesses for England. Wales already have a discount in place until April next year. We will have to see what the Welsh government say in December for the updates of business rates in Wales. 

Small business rates relief still apply.

Universal Credit

Universal Credit taper rate is cut by 8%, as of now for every £1 earned, 63p gets taken off. With the new rate cut, for every £1 earned, 55p will be deducted. Allowing lower paid people to keep hold of more benefit when they are working. The target date for this is 1st December.

Alcohol Duty

The tax on some alcoholic drinks such as beer, cider and wine will be slashed. The drinks with lower-level percentage of alcohol will mean a lower rate of tax. This means that next time you go to the pub and order a pint or on a night out, a glass of prosecco, will be a little bit cheaper.

It doesn’t matter if it is UK produced or imported. Tax relief for small brewers that produce under 8% alcohol. 

The budget brings about optimism boosted by prediction of higher growth for the UK after Covid. The Chancellor hit an upbeat tone as he talks up building a “stronger economy of the future”. Again, if you want the full version of the budget, please click here

We have all been paying closer attention to the news in recent times. It does look like better days are to come, with restaurants and bars been given the green light to open. While we all are excited and wanting to enjoy ourselves, please remember to social distance as this is still very vital to our fight against this virus.


The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has pledged great support during these tough times and has again set the foundation for all of us to come out of this. It will be no easy job, but together we can do this. Supporting small businesses is vital.


The Chancellor mentioned a few things in his speech, while some of his policies apply to Wales, others do not as they are the responsibility of the Welsh Government. We digest the main points here.


Job Retention Bonus


The furlough scheme will be ending in Wales at the end of October. We are more reliant on the job retention scheme here in Wales than any other part of the UK. There are about 300,000 people on the furlough scheme. The Welsh Government has said that it does not have the "financial fire power" to be able to continue the scheme itself.


The Chancellor said he would be introducing a new scheme called the Jobs Retention Bonus. Under the new scheme, firms will be paid £1,000 for each employee they bring back from furlough and continuously employ through to January 2021 on an average of at least £520 a month.


            Eating Out Discount


The Chancellor has said there will be a 50% discount on food if people eat out in August on Mondays to Wednesdays. This is to try and get people using restaurants.


This will entitle every diner to a 50% discount of up to £10 per head on their meal, at any participating restaurant, café, pub, or other eligible food venue. There is not a limit to the amount of times the discount can be used and will be valid Monday to Wednesday on any eat-in meal (including on non-alcoholic drinks) for all of August. Participating establishments will be fully reimbursed for the 50% discount.


Temporary VAT Cut


If you supply food and non-alcoholic beverages for consumption on your premises, for example, a restaurant, café or pub, you’re currently required to charge VAT at the standard rate of 20%. However, when you make these supplies between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021 you will only need to charge 5%

It will apply to supplies of accommodation and admission to attractions as well. This will include takeaways, restaurants, cinemas and theme parks.


These are all in the pilot stages, and more information is to be released in the days to come. As soon as we know, we will also share the information with you. If there is something you want to know more about, you can call us on 02920 653995 to discuss. The introduction of these will mean we have a better chance to finish 2020 on a high.

We are well in to 2018 and the financial year is coming close to its end. You should have an indication of how you want to take your business going forward. In our previous blog we talked about goals and achieving them with your strengths and opportunities. This time around we talk about the best ways to expanding your business.


We are finding this is the time of year a lot of our clients are needing budgets and cashflows. A detailed cashflow can inform you when cash is available to spend or if cash is running low ahead of time. Knowing this ahead of time can avert any crisis and indicate to you when action is needed so you are well prepared.


Knowing your cashflow needs at least a year in advance will give you a more accurate picture of your finances. Regular maintenance of this important as you don’t want to rely on old figures in this ever changing environment.


Budgets are equally as important as a cashflow. If you have expansion plans in mind, then you need to master your budget. Are you looking to get a second office? Or are you looking to get a bigger office?, do you need new equipment.   Having an up to date budget can give you clarification on which may be the best way to expand your business. Budgeting is also a great way to indicate where overheads may need to be cut down. You may be over spending on some things but then neglecting the investment in other departments of your business. This is where a budget will help balance your business.


With any expansion plans you may have, you’ll need the cash to back it up. There are many ways to obtain the finance, but the most conventional way is to get a bank loan. With your cashflow and budgets shiny and polished will keep the bank manager sweet. You can then enforce your plans to expand and grow!