A focused Budget with a long tail

Bill Dodwell considers the measures announced in the March Budget and the range of consultations announced on Tax Day

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has certainly delivered his two Budgets in extraordinary circumstances. This no doubt explains why both the 2020 and 2021 Budgets were very focused, without the large number of individual measures that Gordon Brown and George Osborne would certainly have introduced. However, some of the longer tail was released three weeks later, on Tax Day.

The Budget measures fall into three categories: short-term help for those adversely affected by the pandemic and lockdowns; medium term boosts to the economy; and a longer term start to reduce the current deficit, through increasing taxes. 

Short term help

The full list of short-term measures is: