George Osborne has delivered his eighth Budget as chancellor.  This guide summarises the impact of the Chancellor’s budget 2016  on a number of HR related areas.
1.  Pay – Income tax thresholds
Personal allowances will increase from £11,000 in 2016-17 to £11,500 in 2017-18.  This will ensure that no one working 30 hours per week on the national minimum wage will pay income tax in 2017-18.  In addition, the higher-rate tax threshold will increase from £42,385 to £45,000 in April 2017.
2.  Terminations – Redundancy payments
From 2018, termination payments of more than £30,000 will be subject to employer national insurance contributions.  The majority of redundancy payments are currently exempt from employee and employer national insurance contributions with the first £30,000 being tax free.

3.  Employee benefits – Childcare vouchers

The budget confirmed that childcare vouchers will be closed to new entrants from April 2018 when the new Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) initiative is launched.

4.  Apprenticeships – Apprenticeship levy

From April 2017, employers will receive a 10 per cent top-up on their monthly levy contributions in England, available to spend on apprenticeship training through their on-line account.  Further details on this are due to be published in June.

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By Bruce Ramshaw

Principal Consultant

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