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Budget 2013 highlights – the key announcements

Find out how changes to income tax, pensions, and fuel duty will affect your finances

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The chancellor’s fourth Budget included changes to the personal tax allowance and fuel duty.

With recent uSwitch research finding a 25% rise in the cost of essential household bills since 2008, consumers were hoping for some respite in today’s Budget announcement.

However, with 85% of people feeling that the Chancellor doesn’t understand the financial fears of ordinary people, expectations were low.

Here we give a rundown of all the major announcements from the 2013 Budget.


  • As announced last year, the 50p top rate of tax will be cut to 45p as of April.
  • The personal income tax allowance – the amount people can earn before paying tax – will be increased to £10,000 by 2014, a year early.
  • There will be 20% tax relief on childcare vouchers up to £6,000 per child from 2015.


  • Shared equity schemes have been extended, with interest-free loans up to 20% of value of new build properties.
  • Bank of England guarantees to provide £130bn of new mortgage lending for three years from 2014.

Fuel, tobacco and alcohol

  • September’s planned 3p fuel duty rise has been scrapped.
  • April’s 3p rise in beer duty has been scrapped – beer duty will instead be cut by 1p from Sunday, 24 March.
  • The annual inflation +2% rise in beer duty will be ended, with the “duty escalator” remaining for wine, cider and spirits

Other announcements

  • The single flat-rate pension of £144 a week will be brought forward a year to 2016.
  • The 1% cap on public sector pay will be extended to 2015-16.
  • Corporation tax is to be cut by 1% to 20% in 2015.
  • In energy, there will be further tax incentives for ultra low-emission and tax allowances for investment in the shale gas industry.