Brits to be hit by a slew of new laws in 2023

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Brits will be hit with a slew of new laws during 2023 with many of the changes approved by the government soon to be introduced.

Many of these have attracted controversy according to the Mirror on Monday, January 2 whilst others have been widely welcomed.

Council tax bills

Possibly the change that will hurt consumers most is the announcement that Councils can raise their tax bills by as much as five per cent from April. That will see many bills rise by more than £100 a year, far in excess of the usual threshold and the Tory manifesto which promised local people the final say on council tax.

Income tax rate threshold

Another change that will affect many income earners and which has attracted criticism is the threshold at which a person can no longer receive personal allowances. That is to be lowered from £150,000 to £125,140, which means anyone earning won´t be able to claim travel and accommodation expenses.

The personal allowance will also be reduced by £1 for every £2 of income above £100,000.

Energy Price Guarantee (EPG)

The energy cap introduced in October is set to be scaled back in April as prices fall and the cost to the government becomes more and more unaffordable. Bills are predicted to continue rising, however, support from the government is not expected to keep up with the cost.

Voter ID´s required to vote

In future, anyone turning up at a voting station will be required to bring photo ID with them. An anti-fraud measure it has been widely criticised with voter turnout already low and the incidence of fraud negligible.

Parliamentary committees and pressure groups have criticised the move saying that not everyone has photo ID and that it is also likely to affect disadvantaged groups disproportionately.

An increase in the minimum wage

A positive measure widely welcomed, the minimum wage will rise by 92p from April. The new rate of £10.42 will see full time workers earning up to £1,600 more per year.

Bus ticket prices to be capped

Bus companies in England will not be able to charge more than £2 for a single journey, with the measure lasting for three months from January 1. The change will see most ticket prices fall by around 30 per cent in cities and by as much 60 per cent in rural areas.

Landlords to pay for mending unsafe homes

Owners of properties that do not meet basic standards will be forced to pay up to £15,000 to have them fixed, according to the new Building Safety Bill. The bill includes cladding defects as well as other safety issues.

Landlords

Landlords will be required to make their properties more energy efficient, with no property having an energy rating below E being legally leasable. Industrial sites, workshops with low energy demands, temporary and religious buildings are exempt from the rule.

Care costs

Care costs for the elderly will be capped at £86,000 from the autumn, however, those with assets worth more than £75,000 will be required to make a small contribution. The model has been widely criticised for penalising those who have saved or who will pay purely as a result of where they live, house prices being higher in the south than in the north.

Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ)

In line with what is happening in Europe, London´s ULEZ will be expanded to cover all 33 boroughs in the city. A measure designed to reduce pollution, HGVs and petrol cars registered before 2005 will have to pay a £12.50 daily charge.

Unruly protests and demonstrations

The revisions to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act already were enacted last year and give police powers to crack down on protests that result in public disorder or that cause disruption in the community. It also strengthens the action police can take where there is criminal damage to property.

The police now have greater powers to approve or decline demonstration and protest applications.

Obtaining and losing British citizenship

The new Nationality and Borders Bill has also attracted much criticism from the legal profession and human rights organisations. Two of those changes are the right of the government to remove nationality without advance warning and the criminalising of knowingly arriving in the UK illegally.

The latter is designed to deal with unwanted immigration and in particular, those trafficked across the channel.

Going forward

A number of new laws are being considered that could be approved and implemented in 2023. These include:

  • Stricter rules on taking legal action against the Government, a move that has attracted strong criticism from a wide range of bodies including the Public Law Project and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. If approved it will they say reduce the ability of the courts to keep the government from operating outside of the law.
  • The introduction of minimum service levels for public transport that will effectively reduce the impact of strike action by workers in the sector. Similar laws are already in place elsewhere in Europe, ensuring that disruption to passengers from essential transport services is kept to a minimum.
  • The biggie, is the removal of EU laws retained following BREXIT. The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022 is set to amend, repeal or replace nearly all of these laws and is expected to be highly controversial. This is in part down to the need of exporters to meet EU requirements, but also the fear that many of the changes will leave Britons worse off or with less protection. If approved EU laws will cease to exist in the country from the end of 2023.

There was always an expectation that there would be changes when Britain left the EU, but perhaps what many people didn´t expect was a slew of new laws in 2023 many of which are controversial and will leave people worse off.


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Peter McLaren-Kennedy

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