Budget 2012

Welcome to EG’s Budget 2012 hub. We will be collating all the latest news, comment and analysis here. Stay tuned for live blogging and question and answer session with our expert panel.



Stamp duty to increase to 7%
Chancellor confirms that the rate of stamp duty will rise to 7% for properties costing more than £2m. Read full story »

Planning system overhaul next week
George Osborne today said the government will publish the National Planning Policy Framework next Tuesday. Read full story »

UK growth to rise once again
UK’s growth forecasts upgraded for the first time in 18 months. Read full story »

Sunday trading relaxed for Olympics
George Osborne has confirmed that Sunday trading laws will be temporarily relaxed this summer. Read full story »

Royal Docks allowance break
The Royal Docks enterprise zone is to benefit from enhanced capital allowances as part of a £70m London development fund. Read full story »

Get Britain Building to be expanded
Budget 2012: Chancellor George Osborne has said that the Get Britain Building fund will be expanded by £150m, creating 3,000 additional homes. More>>

Carbon scheme to be simplified
Budget 2012: Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne today said he will consult on simplifying the carbon reduction commitment scheme. More>>

Pre-Budget news

Editor’s comment
Twelve months ago the property industry­ got the Budget it wanted. I doubt it will be so fortunate this time around. More>>

Ending empty rates is one way to boost the economy
Peter Copley on what the Budget should include. More>>

Property’s Budget wish list
Property chiefs hope the Budget will protect against regulatory threats, while injecting growth to nurse the industry back to full health.More>>

Budgeting for regional growth
New research reveals some surprising regional contenders are set to recover from recession quicker than others. More>>