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2017 Spring Budget - key tourism points

Published: 09 Mar 2017

Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivered his Spring Budget yesterday.

Below is summary of the key issues that will affect tourism businesses - the full details can be read in the Tourism Alliance briefing here. 

Business Rates

  • Reform valuation process - a consultation will be held before the next revaluation in 2022
  • Cap on any business coming out of small business rate relief, to a maximum of £50
  • Pubs with a rateable value of up to £100,000 will get a £1000 rebate, estimated at 90% of pubs
  • £300 million fund for local councils to offer discretionary relief for hard-hit cases

Infrastructure and Transport 

  •  A £690 million competitive fund to be set up for local authorities to tackle congestion
  • Allocations of £93 million for the North and £23 million for the Midlands from a £220 million fund that address pinch-points on the national road network

Accommodation Allowance 

  • The Government will publish a consultation with proposals to bring the tax treatment of employer-provided accommodation and board & lodgings up to date. This will include proposals for when accommodation should be exempt from tax and to support taxpayers during any transition.


  • From 13 March 2017, the duty rates on beer, cider, wine and spirits will increase by RPI inflation 

VAT Threshold

  • From 1 April 2017 the VAT registration threshold will increase from £83,000 to £85,000 and the deregistration threshold from £81,000 to £83,000 

Business Tax 

  • The Government will publish a call for evidence on exemptions and valuation methodology for the income tax and employer NICs treatment of benefits in kind
  • The Government will publish a call for evidence to better understand the use of the income tax relief for employees' expenses, including those that re not reimbursed by their employer
  • The director-shareholder allowance to be reduced from £5,000 to £2,000 from 1 April 2018
  • The Government will make administrative changes to the Research and Development Expenditure Credit to increase the certainty and simplicity around claims, and will take action to improve awareness of R&D tax credits among SMEs
  • Following consultation, the Government will increase the cash basis entry threshold to £150,000, and exit threshold to £300,000. The use of cash basis will be extended to unincorporated landlords


  • To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, a Government Representative for Mayflower Anniversary Celebrations to assist in coordinating UK-wide events

Sharing Economy 

  • The Government will consult on proposals to redesign rent-a-room relief, to ensure it is better targeted to support longer-term lettings in order to increase supply of affordable long-term lodgings 

Air Passenger Duty 

  • APD rates for 2018-19 will increase in line with RPI. Rates for 2019-20 will be set at the Autumn Budget 2017


  • The Government has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding on further devolution to London and is in discussions in Greater Manchester on future transport funding 
  • Progress continues on city deals for Edinburgh and Swansea


  • New T-Levels will replace 13,000 qualifications with just 15. The number of hours of training for 16-19 year old technical students will increase by 50%. The new qualifications will include a high-quality 3-month work placement for every student
The Tourism Alliance Spring Budget briefing can be read here.


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