Autumn Budget 2017: duties on diesel cars


Vehicle excise duty on the most polluting cars will go up by 1 band from April 2018. The diesel supplement will increase by 1%. Vans are not affected by these changes.

The government will invest £550 million in electric vehicles, including funding for charging research and development.


Duties on beer, wine, spirits and some ciders will be frozen. The government will legislate to increase duty on high-strength alcohol, such as white cider, from 2019.

Tobacco will increase at inflation plus 2%, while there will be an additional 1% on hand-rolling tobacco this year.

Air passenger duty on economy long-haul flights and all short-haul flights will be frozen from April 2019. This will be paid for by an increase on premium class tickets and private jets.

Regions and nations

The government will legislate to provide VAT refunds for police and fire services in Scotland.

Chancellor Philip Hammond promised £2 billion for the Scottish government, £1.2 billion for the Welsh government and more than £650 million for the Northern Ireland Executive.

Devolution deals for the West Midlands and North of the Tyne were also announced.

An in-depth Autumn Budget report will appear on our website on Thursday 23 November 2017.