Bill Robinson, Chief Economist at KPMG, comments on the Chancellor's Summer Budget 2015.
“Raising the tax-free personal allowance will boost take home pay of working households and we expect that overall this will stimulate household expenditure, reinforcing the demand-led recovery. Whilst we welcome the introduction of the national living wage, there is a risk that young, low earners will fall through the cracks, by not qualifying for increases in personal allowance or minimum wage, and additionally seeing their welfare support frozen or cut. This Budget risks leaving them behind.
“The public sector as a whole has come out as a winner in today’s Budget, with large increases to expenditure throughout the parliament, compared with the March budget, thanks to a gentler consolidation towards fiscal balance, greater reductions in welfare spending and some net tax increases. However, civil servants may not be cheering, since public sector pay rises are limited to 1% per year.
“The Chancellor has addressed the urgent need to boost productivity through investing in skills and infrastructure - measures which will be very much welcomed by business. Businesses also gain from reductions to the corporation tax but specific taxes on insurance, as well as a clampdown on tax avoidance, will hit some firms.
“Looking ahead, the success this Budget will be measured on is whether it can deliver the productivity growth which underpins OBR projections for the economy.”
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