The OBR has forecast slower growth over the next two years, but the UK is still forecast to be the fastest growing major economy in 2016.
Employment is predicted to rise in each of the next 5 years, with half a million more people forecast to be in work by 2021.
Debt - still huge and won't be disappearing anytime soon.
Personal Tax allowance to rise to £11,500 in 2017/18 and rate at which the higher rate of tax is paid will rise to £45K.
The National Minimum Wage increases:
The National Living Wage for those aged 25 and over will increase from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour.
Announcement that benefits will be taxed at the same level as salary, but…
Fuel duty frozen; good news for transportation costs.
£23bn of additional spending on transport, digital communications, research and development (R&D), and housing over 5 years.
Funds for infrastructure to "support the construction of up to 100,000 new homes in the areas where they are needed most."
£1.4 billion will be used to provide 40,000 new affordable homes, including some for shared ownership and some for affordable rent. And another £1.7 billion will be used to speed up the construction of new homes on public sector land.
Driverless cars, renewable fuels and energy efficient transport including electric and hydrogen buses and charging points for electric cars.
Letting agents will no longer be able to charge renters fees, but no idea when…
"The government will consult on this in due course."
No major surprises in this statement, with most of the announcements being well trailed in advance.
The government has restated its commitment to house building and the infrastructure investments are welcome.
The much anticipated white paper on housing will give a clearer idea of strategic plans to accelerate house building.
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