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BCC comments on launch of the Budget process

7th January 2020



Co-Executive Director Claire Walker said: 

Businesses will be looking to the Budget to boost confidence and stimulate growth at a time of significant uncertainty for the UK economy.  

“Firms of all sizes need to see a package of fiscal measures to alleviate the burden of high up-front costs and boost investment. The Chancellor must outline how he will make good on election promises of a fundamental reform of Business Rates and we also need to see a moratorium on all new up-front costs for businesses for the duration of this Parliament.

“This is the first opportunity for the new government to demonstrate that it listens to business and is serious about tackling the day-to-day challenges holding firms back.”

  • Sajid Javid confirms next Budget will be held on Wednesday 11 March 2020
  • Chancellor says Budget will set out ambitious plans to unleash Britain’s potential, level up across the UK and usher in a decade of renewal
  • Budget will start a new chapter for the economy, seizing the opportunities that come from getting Brexit done

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has today launched the beginning of the Budget process and announced that it will take place on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

During a visit to the new £350 million Trafford Park tram line project in Manchester, the Chancellor set out plans to use the Government’s first Budget to deliver change – unleashing Britain’s potential, delivering world-class public services and levelling up the whole country.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, said:

“People across the country have told us that they want change. We’ve listened and will now deliver.

“With this Budget we will unleash Britain’s potential – uniting our great country, opening a new chapter for our economy and ushering in a decade of renewal.”

The Chancellor will today provide an economic update to Cabinet colleagues before updating Parliament during Treasury oral questions. He is expected to set out plans in the March Budget to:

  • Open a new chapter for the UK’s economy and prepare it for the decade ahead;
  • Deliver on the Government’s promises on tax, to help tackle the cost of living for hard-working people; and
  • Make good on the commitment to level up and spread opportunity, including by investing billions of pounds across the country.

At the Budget, the Chancellor will update the Charter of Fiscal Responsibility with new rules, taking advantage of low interest rates to invest properly and responsibly, while keeping debt under control.

The Budget will prioritise the environment, and build on recent announcements to boost spending on public services and tackle the cost of living. These include investing in new hospitals, training thousands of new police officers, funding vocational education and the biggest ever cash increase to the National Living Wage.