What you need to know about the 'inflation' Budget – are you set to be far worse off financially next year?

Oct 29, 2021, 03:47 PM

On Wednesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered another Budget alongside a Spending Review.

Much of what it contained had previously been revealed, including the forthcoming National Insurance hike, frozen income tax bands, triple lock suspension and a flurry of information over the weekend.

Georgie Frost, Simon Lambert and Lee Boyce run the rule on the latest Budget and updated figures on inflation and base rate predictions, alongside where the economy is at… and potentially heading.

The Chancellor didn't reinstate the Universal Credit uplift, instead lowering the taper while also rising the minimum wage to £9.50 an hour – will that help working families?

With a cost of living crisis that seems to be looming with petrol, food and energy prices rising, were there any measures to help combat this?

Could base rate really reach 3.5 per cent by 2023, and should homeowners be worried about potentially rising mortgage costs? And what about the threat of rising inflation, now predicted to be plus-4 per cent next year?

There was an update about cladding and changes to short haul flight taxes alongside a promise to fix a tax quirk that deprives low-paid workers of pension cash which is paid to better off colleagues – but not until 2025.