Budget 2016: Cutting taxes for 31 million people

Budget 2016 puts the next generation first and redoubles our efforts to make Britain fit for the future.

We are cutting taxes for working people so they can keep more of the money they earn. From April next year the tax free personal allowance will rise to £11,500, a tax cut for 31 million people that means a typical basic rate taxpayer will be paying over £1,000 less income tax then when we came into government. The higher rate threshold will also increase to £45,000, a tax cut of over £400.

The British economy is stronger because we confronted our country's problems and took the difficult decisions, but we now face a dangerous cocktail of global risks. Britain is well prepared to handle this challenge, but only by acting now so we don't pay later.

This Budget puts stability first with long term solutions to long term problems.