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Budget 2021 at a glance: Chancellor Rishi Sunak focuses on ‘post-Covid’ era

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled his Budget 2021.

Rishi Sunak unveils his 2021 Budget. Picture: Jacob King/PA
Rishi Sunak unveils his 2021 Budget. Picture: Jacob King/PA

Here are the main points from it, at a glance.


  • The Budget is focused on the “post-Covid” era, according to the Chancellor, and will pave the way for the “Prime Minister’s economy of higher wages, higher skills, and rising productivity”.
  • Independent forecaster the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has scaled down its assumption of the scarring effect of Covid-19 on the economy from 3% to 2%, Mr Sunak told the Commons.


  • The OBR has downgraded its unemployment forecast due to the coronavirus pandemic from 12% down to 5.2%, the Chancellor told MPs.
  • The minimum wage will increase to to £9.50 an hour next year, up from the current £8.91.

Universal Credit

  • The Universal Credit taper rate will be cut by 8% from no later than December 1, bringing it down from 63% to 55%.

Alcohol duty

  • Alcohol duty is being “radically” simplified by introducing a system designed around the principle of “the stronger the drink, the higher the rate”.
  • A “draught relief” will apply a lower rate of duty on draught beer and cider, cutting the tax by 5% on drinks served from draught containers over 40 litres and bringing the price of a pint down by 3p.

Fuel and flights

  • A planned rise in fuel duty will be cancelled because of pump prices being at their highest level in eight years.
  • Flights between airports in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be subject to a new lower rate of Air Passenger Duty from April 2023.

Public services

  • Every Whitehall department will receive a “real terms rise in overall spending” as part of the Spending Review, the Chancellor said, amounting to £150billion over this Parliament.
  • An extra £2.2billion has been announced for courts, prisons and probation services, including £500,000 to reduce the courts backlogs.
  • £300million will go towards “A Start for Life” parenting programmes, with an extra £170 million by 2024/25 going into paying for childcare.


  • Mr Sunak confirmed a levy will be placed on property developers with profits over £25 million at a rate of 4% to help create a £5 billion fund to remove unsafe cladding.

Devolved administrations

  • Devolved administrations will be given the “largest block grants” since 1998, with an increase to Scottish Government funding in each year by an average of £4.6 billion, £2.5 billion for the Welsh Government, and £1.6billion for the Northern Ireland Executive.


  • The Chancellor said core science funding will rise to £5.9billion a year by 2024-25, a cash increase of 37%.


  • A new 50% business rates discount will apply in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors for a year, with eligible businesses able to claim a discount on their bills of up to a maximum of £110,000.


  • Ahead of the Budget statement, £7billion transport funding was announced for areas including Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and South Yorkshire for projects ranging from tram improvements to introducing London-style improvements in infrastructure, but only £1.5 billion of this was believed to be “new” funding.


  • A £6billion package of funding will help tackle NHS backlogs and invest in technology was also trailed ahead of the statement.
The Budget 2021 at a glance
The Budget 2021 at a glance

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