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19 Dec 2023
Housing budget slashed despite growing crisis

Finance Secretary Shona Robison, MSP, missed the opportunity to take action on the housing emergency in Scotland as she gave her Budget Statement on 19 December 2023. Spending on housing will fall by more than £200 million for the next financial year.

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22 Nov 2023
Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2023

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will at last be unfrozen and Universal Credit (UC) will rise under UK Government tax and spending plans announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, MP, today, 22 November 2023. Rate relief and full expensing for businesses are also included.

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30 Mar 2023
Business rates to be modernised

A new Non-Domestic Rating Bill has been introduced to incentivise property improvements and support more frequent revaluations to deliver reforms in the commercial sector.

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16 Dec 2022
Additional Dwelling Supplement increased in Scotland

From today, 16 December, the Scottish Government has raised the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) from 4% to 6% on additional properties with the aim of raising £34 million and provide opportunities for first-time buyers.

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23 Mar 2022
Financial incentives to reduce energy costs

Cutting taxes is the key theme of the Spring Statement delivered by The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and VAT on the installation of energy-saving materials in residential properties will be cut to zero per cent.

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27 Oct 2021
Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021

The Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Spending Review and Budget provided clarity on measures affecting the property industry which have been announced over the last three-six months including the levy on developers re unsafe cladding. Other factors announced affecting property agents provide some good news, however, it leaves a lot to be desired.

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23 Mar 2021
Treasury announces tax administration reform and new proposals in first-ever ‘Tax Day’

HM Treasury has released its ‘Tax Day command paper’ designed to allow further scrutiny on tax announcements that would normally take place during the budget.

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03 Mar 2021
Campaign leads to extended Stamp Duty holiday

The Chancellor has listened to Propertymark’s calls to avoid a cliff-edge deadline to the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday in the UK Government’s budget, today, 3 March 2021. The nil rate band up to £500,000 will end on 30 June, instead of March. A transitional nil rate band up to £250,000 will be in place until September and then return to £125,000 from October.

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03 Dec 2020
Business rates review – supporting high street agencies

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s fundamental review of business rates to include the continuation of rates relief for retail premises and the introduction of an online sales tax.