Interactive Investor

Spring Budget 2024

Our experts give their insights on the Spring Budget and how changes could impact your money. 


Key points from the Spring Budget:

  • National Insurance cut by 2% but tax thresholds still frozen, reducing the impact of the cut

  • New UK ISA to be introduced with additional £5,000 ISA allowance for investments in UK-listed companies, with more details to be announced later

  • Natwest public share sale planned this summer as the Government begins to sell its stake

  • Non-dom status abolished bringing more foreign nationals into the UK tax system

  • High Income Child Benefit Charge threshold increased to £60,000 from April 2024

  • Pension “Pot for Life” reforms still being considered, potentially meaning more choice for pension savers in the future

In what is very likely an election year, the chancellor used this Budget to focus heavily on plans to promote economic growth and cut taxes. While duties on fuel and alcohol are frozen for another 12 months, it is a 2% cut in national insurance that’s the headline grabber here. Everyone wants to pay less tax, although with thresholds still frozen, many people won’t feel much better off after this Budget.

But investors do have something to cheer about. A new UK ISA will broaden access to investing and could drive extra investment in UK companies, but it alone is not the panacea for the domestic stock market’s ills. However, it looks like we will have a retail share offer to look forward to this summer as the government looks to sell its remaining NatWest shares. Overall, there are some nice giveaways, good ideas and a better growth outlook for UK Plc, but Hunt will have wanted more ammunition to make this an election winner.

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