Summer Budget 2015: George Osborne’s welfare savings plan 'to be slowed'

Welfare cuts plan will reportedly be spread out over three years

By Emilio Casalicchio

08 Jul 2015

George Osborne will take an extra year to implement his £12bn welfare target, according to reports.

The chancellor is expected to set out where the £12bn of welfare savings promised in the Conservative manifesto will fall as he presents his summer budget today.

According to the BBC, Osborne will take three years rather than two to reach the full welfare savings target.

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Other anticipated moves are to restrict tax credits for families with more than two children, a rise in the lowest income tax threshold as well as in the 40p rate and an extension of Sunday trading hours. Changes to inheritance tax, a lowering of the benefit cap and other amendments to the tax credits system are also expected to feature.

BBC Newsnight claims the restriction on tax credits to families with more than two children would apply to new families coming into the system, with an expected saving of £1.4bn.

Stay tuned to Civil Service World from 12.30pm this afternoon, as we pick apart the Budget to find out what it means for the civil service

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