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What are the key changes from the Autumn Budget 2017?

Jordan Williams | 15:06 Wednesday 22nd November 2017

In the first Autumn Budget, the chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond has set out the government’s plan for the UK economy.

• £44bn of capital funding, loans and guarantees have been promised to support the housing market, including £1.1bn to unlock strategic sites, new settlements and urban regeneration schemes and £2.7bn for infrastructure.

• The government has planned to create five new ‘garden towns’ in the UK.

• Business rates will now be pegged to the consumer price index (CPI) instead of the retail price index (RPI) from April 2018, two years earlier than initially planned.

• Stamp duty has been abolished on homes under £300,000 for first-time buyers.

• £1.7bn has been committed to improve transport in English cities, half of which will be shared by the six areas with elected metro mayors.

• The devolved administrations have been promised more funding, including an extra £2bn for Scotland, £1.2bn for Wales and £650m for NI.

• A further £34m has be allocated towards developing construction skills across the country.

• A new fund will be established for the British Business Bank, this will be seeded with £2.5bn of public money.

• From April 2018, the national living wage will increase by 4.4%, from £7.50 an hour to £7.83.

• A £220m Clean Air Fund will be established to help local authorities reduce air pollution.

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