Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced the government's Autumn Budget Statement for 2022. Here we summarise the areas that impact the NHS and its workforce.
Tax and allowances
- From April 2023 the level at which people pay the additional rate of income tax, charged at 45 per cent will change from £150,000 to £125,140.
- Income tax personal allowance threshold will be frozen until 2028.
- Electric vehicles will no longer be exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty from April 2025.
Health and care funding
- The NHS and Department of Health and Social Care will publish a workforce plan for the number of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professions needed for the next five, ten and 15 years.
- NHS budget to increase by £3.3 billion for each of the next two years.
- Patricia Hewitt has been asked to advise on how integrated care boards and local NHS bodies can operate efficiently and with appropriate autonomy and accountability.
- Adult Social Care funding to increase by up to £2.8 billion in 2023-24, and £4.7 billion in 2024-25, including £1 billion to support discharges from hospital into the community.
National living wage
- National living wage will be increased from £9.50 an hour for over-23s, to £10.42 from April 2023.
The NHS Confederation will be publishing a briefing for members later today, with summary and analysis of the announcements that impact health and care.
You can read the Autumn Statement in full on the gov.uk website.
Read the NHS Confederation's summary of the Autumn Statement.