Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget day is 22 November. We do not have a clue what it is likely to contain. He has just published a 665 page Finance Bill, before parliament went off on its second summer holiday (the party conference jollies) until 8 October. He aims to bulldoze – sorry, steer – this through parliament by the end of October so we are too pre-occupied with that to wonder what comes next. We are a bit surprised/depressed that Mr Hammond isn’t too!
Will he give away lots of goodies to tempt back the disaffected voters who deserted at the general election? Will he slash tuition fees to entice the young voters away from Mr Corbyn? Does Brexit force him to maintain the current austerity mode? Does he need to increase the attractiveness of the UK as a place to do business to attract non-EU companies here?
Whatever he does we will be looking for what his changes mean to our clients and contacts, and what clients need to do to take advantage of, or defend against those changes, which we will be ready to explain to you on Thursday 30 November.
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