In the months and weeks running up to the UK's last Budget ahead of the Brexit deadline, ICAEW has been actively engaged in examining the country's finances and policies.
Alongside writing to the chancellor and responding to government consultations, ICAEW has published research into UK business confidence, worked with the Fabian Society to examine the Labour party's spending choices and contributed to the IFS Green Budget.
ICAEW contributes to IFS Green Budget 2018
ICAEW has contributed its expert insight into the UK government's finances for the fourth time, in the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) Green Budget 2018. Alongside hosting the launch at Chartered Accountants Hall, ICAEW is provided two chapters examining the UK governments assets and defence spending.
ICAEW writes to chancellor, urging support for industry and coherent regulation, alongside Brexit support
In his annual letter to the chancellor ahead of the Budget, ICAEW's chief executive Michael Izza argued that while the government must provide organisations with clarity over the UK’s relationship with the EU, that further support is needed to promote the UK's competitiveness and enable innovation. He called for coordination in the creation and implementation of regulation, alongside independent monitoring, as well as for further action to be taken in support of industry and to address the skills gap.
ICAEW Rep 115/18: Budget Autumn 2018
ICAEW's Tax Faculty has responded to HM Treasury's invitation for comments ahead of the 2018 Budget. The response concludes that there should be no new policy initiatives on tax at this time. Attention should instead be given to enabling taxpayers easily to fulfil their obligations and to understand their entitlements. Coping with HMRC’s digital systems has been made more difficult by the number of policy changes.
Britain can’t escape a global trade war – so we have to stop it
ICAEW's public sector director, Ross Campbell, looks at the current US-China trade war and discusses its impliations in this CityAM article. "This Sino-American sneeze will mean the rest of the world coming down with something nasty – and the UK will be no exception," he argues.
UK's economic forecast remains sluggish
ICAEW published it's latest quarterly economic forecast for the UK on 14 September 2018. The research concludes that rollowing a weak start to 2018, the UK economy has seen a slight pick-up due to the weather and the World Cup. GDP growth in 2018 forecast at a sluggish 1.3%, but a modest improvement is expected in 2019
UK Business Confidence Monitor Q3 2018
The latest ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) shows business confidence falling into negative territory in Q3, reflecting global trade disputes, Brexit divisions, slower domestic sales growth and concerns about increased regulations.
Can a Labour government balance the books?
In its last manifesto, the Labour Party pledged to bring the water, rail and energy sectors back into public ownership, while at the same time introducing a Fiscal Credibility Rule. But is it possible to do both and ensure the sound economic future of the UK? ICAEW has joined forces with the Fabian Society to explore the tough spending choices that would face a Corbyn government.
In this letter, ICAEW's CEO outlines that while the government must provide organisations with clarity over the UK’s relationship with the EU, further support is needed to promote the UK's competitiveness and enable innovation.
Michael Izza calls for coordination in the creation and implementation of regulation, alongside independent monitoring, as well as for further action to be taken in support of industry and to address the skills gap.
15 October 2018
Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer
1 Horse Guards Road
In your Mansion House speech you said decisions taken in the next few months will shape the UK economy for decades. That is why this year’s Budget is so important. It is an opportunity to set the UK on a course towards an economy that continues to support world leading industries and is home to the markets of the future.
The form of the UK’s relationship with the EU is vital to business. However, this must not be the exclusive standalone focus of the government’s economic planning. A much wider programme of support is required that provides certainty, promotes competition and enables innovation.
When businesses succeed, society benefits - creating jobs, wealth and adding to tax revenues. To meet the challenges facing our society in the coming decades, the UK needs a strong and growing economy.
Accountancy and professional services are vital components of the ecosystem that underpins markets, guiding and advising businesses in every sector of the economy and providing the expertise that maintains London’s position as the world’s leading financial centre. The right deal with the EU is key to ensuring our continued ability to facilitate investment and influence global standards. We ask government to:
Our Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) shows regulation as the biggest challenge facing companies. The impact of regulation on business has grown over the last eight quarters reflecting the quantity of legislation and compliance introduced. Examples of more recent changes include: IR35; auto enrolment pensions; the roll out of Making Tax Digital; GDPR; as well as the increasing depth of health and safety legislation. We ask government to:
Investment by the government in research and development and innovation has never been more important. Currently, UK investment in innovation is dwarfed by international competitors. Investment has a distinctive multiplier effect for the economy, enabling growth in all parts of the UK. For example, the £2.5bn allocated to British Patient Capital creates a significant opportunity to boost investment in the expansion and scale-up of UK companies. We ask government to:
I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this in more detail.
Michael D M Izza
Following Philip Hammond's speech on Monday 29th October, ICAEW's CEO, Michael Izza's will publish his reaction to the announcements, alongside initial analysis from ICAEW's experts on the implications for taxation, public finances and business.