"It's clearly not sustainable, or fair, that digital platform businesses can generate substantial value in the UK without paying tax here in respect of that business," Hammond added. Philip Hammond announced that funding for government departments to prepare for Brexit would be increased to $2,5 billion (£2bn).
"I have already allocated £2.2bn to departments for Brexit preparations. And in the Autumn Budget last year I set aside a further £1.5bn to be allocated in 2019-20. Today I am increasing that sum to £2bn," Hammond told the MPs.
Chancellor: I have already allocated £2.2bn to departments for Brexit preparations.— HM Treasury (@hmtreasury) October 29, 2018
And in the Autumn Budget last year I set aside a further £1.5bn to be allocated in 2019-20.
Today I am increasing that sum to £2bn… 🇬🇧🇪🇺 #Budget2018 pic.twitter.com/PXNYPrGPCj
Following a decade of austerity-led policies, Hammond promised a new chapter in Britain's economic history and reported that "the era of austerity is finally coming to an end."
Addressing the House of Common, the Chancellor said that British gross domestic product growth would expand by 1.6 percent in 2019, up from an official prediction of 1.3 percent made seven months ago.
"The OBR expect growth to be resilient across the forecast period…— HM Treasury (@hmtreasury) October 29, 2018
…improving next year from the 1.3% forecast at the Spring Statement…
…to 1.6%… 📈
…then 1.4% in 2020 and 2021; 1.5% in 2022; and 1.6% in 2023." #Budget2018 pic.twitter.com/0WAkm6h2e4
Hammond was expected to announce investment in the National Health Service (NHS), a public service highly valued in the British society.
The government will increase mental health funding by more than $2.5 billion a year by 2023-24 and a further $832 million (£650m) for social care funding next year.
The UK is second biggest contributor to NATO defense budget after the United States, Hammond noted, followed by an announcement of $1.2 billion funding to the Ministry of Defense.
"I will provide an additional £1bn to the @DefenceHQ to cover the remainder of this year and next…— HM Treasury (@hmtreasury) October 29, 2018
…to boost our cyber capabilities…
…and our anti-submarine warfare capacity…" #Budget2018 pic.twitter.com/AK45FU9hjt
The Chancellor committed to spend an additional $204 million (£160mln) on counter terrorism police funding for 2019-20.
Digital Services Tax
Expected to come into effect in April 2020 and generate $512 million 400 million pounds a year, the digital service tax will see global giants, like Google, Amazon and Facebook, "pay their fair share towards supporting" British public services.
"I am already looking forward to my call from the former leader of the Liberal Democrats," Hammond continued to say, referring to Nick Clegg's new position as Facebook's communications chief.
"It's clearly not sustainable, or fair, that digital platform businesses can generate substantial value in the UK without paying tax here in respect of that business," Hammond added.