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The 2023 spring budget – Ticker takeaways

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced the 2023 spring budget, so we’ve had a quick look through some of our key areas of interest as a connected motor insurer.

Driving

The fuel duty cut will remain at 5p for another year, after record-breaking fuel prices – although more than half of motorists were hoping for a cut.1

There’ll also be an extra £200m dedicated to repairing potholes on UK roads, increasing the total fund to £700m. Last year, roughly £7bn was spent on major roads from road tax.

The energy price guarantee will now remain in place until July, keeping costs at around £2,500. Worries over energy costs have been some of the most prevalent during the cost-of-living crisis, so this is welcome news for those charging electric cars at home.

Tech

After a number of widely-publicised AI innovations over the year, Hunt is clearly eager to see the UK among the major players as this area of tech continues to grow.

He’s offered a £1 million prize each year for the next 10 years to, “the person or team that does the most ground-breaking AI research.”

Environment

Nuclear power will now be classed as ‘environmentally sustainable’ and the government will launch a competition for the design of small modular reactors, which they could co-fund if they prove viable.

Hunt also announced £20bn of investment in carbon capture and storage, kicking off with projects in Merseyside and Wales.

1Fleet News


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4 November 2023 or after 22 September to 3 November 2023 18 August to 21 September 2023 17 August 2023 or before

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