The Chancellor must act at the Spring Statement or risk the UK economy drifting backwards to low growth, warns the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
The Spring Statement will take place on 23 March 2022. The CBI has set out a range of policies it says are aimed at sparking growth via business investment.
These include a permanent investment incentive to replace the super-deduction. The business group says this will boost business investment by £40 billion a year by 2026.
It also wants to see the Apprenticeship Levy turned into a Skills Challenge Fund. In addition, the government should tackle high energy prices by improving home energy efficiency through new grants for decarbonised heating systems.
CBI Director General Tony Danker said:
‘Business backs the Chancellor’s desire to foster a renewed culture of enterprise and deliver a more ambitious growth rate. His vision set out only last week to leverage the tax and regulatory system to promote business investment, upskill Britain’s workforce and stimulate innovation is the right recipe for future success.
‘Faced with a record tax burden, a cost-of-living crisis, wage pressures and the end of the super-deduction, firms will be looking to the Spring Statement for a clear signal that the government’s ambition will be matched by action.
‘That is the time to act if we want to push the economy onto a higher growth trajectory. It takes time for policies to kick in and deliver results, so there’s no point in waiting until an Autumn Budget.’