Jeremy Hunt will cause a Tory back-bench revolt about the Budget. He pushes a higher corporation tax despite warnings that it will hurt the economic recovery.
The Chancellor will defend the 19 to 25% rate increase that will take effect next month. He will also argue that tax cuts too drastic at this time could lead to financial instability.
Mr Hunt will also attempt to alleviate the pain of the rise by launching a multi-billion-pound scheme that allows businesses to lower their tax bills by investing within the UK.
There is already a backlash against the tax hike , with Conservative MPs warning that it would have a “chilling impact on the entire economy” if it was not abandoned.
Budget giveaways will include the announcement of 30 hour free childcare in England for parents to help them get back to work.
The background of strikes will be present, with scores upon scores of teachers and university lecturers, civil servants and junior doctors walking out.
As he attempts to ward off Tory tax rebels, Mr Hunt will use the Budget speech to insist that his plan is in place to secure economic growth.
Mr Hunt will state that: “In autumn, we made difficult decisions to deliver stability as well as sound money. Today we present the next section of our plan: a Budget for Growth.
“Not only growth from emerging from a downturn. Long-term, sustainable and healthy growth is what we need. It pays for our schools and NHS, creates good jobs for young people, and provides a safety net to older people. All this while making our country one the most successful in the world.
Simon Clarke, a Tory MP and ex-Truss Cabinet minister, helped to create the pro tax cuts Conservative Growth Group. However, he issued a warning shot Tuesday night.
Clarke stated that while there are many welcome policies in the Budget, there is real concern over the rise in corporation tax.
This is a tax that will hurt jobs and grow the economy. It’s difficult to imagine how it won’t have a chilling impact on the entire economy, which will ultimately cost every family.
Boris Johnson was one of the Tory MPs that demanded that the corporation tax increase be dropped even though it was originally announced by him as prime minister.
His reaction to the measures will closely be watched. Liz Truss’s response will also be closely monitored. Although she has not made any interventions in recent weeks, still defended her tax-cutting agenda in the first half of the year.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Mr Hunt were left with economic turmoil by Ms Truss in October last year. Taxes were increased to calm the markets.
One of the most prominent business groups in the country, the Confederation of British Industry has warned about the negative impact of the rise in corporation tax.
Since last autumn, the economic environment has improved. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), which predicts a UK recession that will be shorter and less severe this year, believes that there is an improvement in the economic context.
Stronger than anticipated tax receipts and falling electricity costs will give Mr Hunt money to play with. Treasury insiders stress that interest payments on government debt are still high.
The Budget will include a push for people to return to work. This is amid concern in Whitehall about how many people left the labour market after the Covid-19 pandemic.
In an attempt to discourage people from retiring early, there will be a significant increase in the amount people can save each year.
In order to maintain a healthy workforce, companies will be encouraged to conduct annual health checks . Work coaches will also be offered to more job seekers on benefits.
The energy price guarantee which caps annual bills at PS2,500 per year is being extended until June. A additional PS5 billion for defence spending will also be confirmed.
Budget will include measures that reduce the negative impact of EU “nutrient neutrity” rules, which are blamed for delaying construction on 120,000 homes.
The Budget will include a new concept called local nutrient neutrity credit schemes. This could help developers meet requirements to prove that they have reduced the pollution impact on waterways.
On Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of workers will strike in what could be the largest walkout since last year’s current wave of industrial action.
It was revealed Wednesday that the public sector’s pay growth is at its fastest pace in 17 years. According to the Office for National Statistics, salaries were 4.8% higher between November and January than they were one year ago.