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A Budget for Britain’s future - what the Budget 2018 means for logistics and transport

29 October 2018/Categories: CILT, Industry News, Active Travel & Travel Planning, Aviation, Bus & Coach, Freight Forwarding, Logistics & Supply Chain, Operations Management, Ports, Maritime & Waterways, Rail, Transport Planning


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In his final budget before Brexit, Phillip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, declared: “Britain is open for business.”

The Budget 2018 set out the government’s plan to build a stronger, more prosperous economy, building on the recent Spring Statement and last year’s Budget.

During a budget that asserted that “the era of austerity [is] coming to an end,” The Chancellor delivered what he called “a Budget for Britain’s future.” The Chancellor put the digital age, the productivity challenge and a commitment to the NHS at the top of his agenda.

Some of the key pledges made by Chancellor Hammond included: the National Living Wage will increase to £8.21; NHS funding will increase, including more spending for mental health; and extra investment in defence spending to boost cyber capabilities.

Highlights for the logistics and transport industry were:

  • An additional £500m set aside to prepare for a no-deal Brexit
  • Extra £420m promised to repair potholes
  • Support for the British High Street, including a £675m Future High Streets Fund
  • Fuel duty frozen for the ninth consecutive year
  • The new 26-30 railcard  will be available across the network by the end of the year
  • £30 billion to improve roads
  • Increasing funding to help departments to prepare for Brexit to over £4 billion
  • Further changes to the apprenticeship levy to support employers
  • A further £37 million to support the development of Northern Powerhouse Rail
  • Transforming Cities fund to increase to £2.4 billion
  • A new East West Rail company has been established to accelerate the delivery of the central railway section between Cambridge and Bedford
  • £770 million to improve transport infrastructure in cities
  • Short-haul APD rates for 2020-21 will not rise, remaining at the same level they have been since 2012
  • Increase in UK Export Finance’s direct lending facility by up to £2bn
  • £1.6bn of new investments to support modern Industrial Strategy
  • Opening the use of e-passport gates at airports - currently available to people from Europe - to those from the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan
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