Pressure was lifted from sterling as the UK government announced a U-turn on its tax plans that had sent the pound to new lows. Here's what to know.

Pressure was lifted from sterling as the UK government announced a U-turn on its tax plans that had sent the pound to new lows. Here's what to know.
Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyIan Forsyth/Getty Images

Following a week of chaos sparked by the UK government's mini budget, the pound got some relief yesterday, climbing off of recent lows against the dollar.

Good morning, readers. I'm Hallam Bullock, Insider's newsletter editor, reporting from London this week while Phil Rosen is out.


Spare a thought for us dizzy Brits, whose pound and politics have been lurching all over the place in recent days. Sterling has shown it can take a beating and get back up, while our prime minister said she would stand by proposed tax cuts one day — before the plan was pulled entirely the next.

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1. The pound gets a relief rally on the government's U-turn. The currency hit a record low against the dollar last week, but it didn't hang around down there. That's thanks to the UK government rowing back on a planned tax cut, which gave the pound a new lease on life Monday.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Liz Truss insisted the controversial plan to cut the 45% tax rate would go ahead — that's a tax only paid by people earning more than £150,000 a year. No more than 24-hours later, the government had changed its tune. The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, confirmed the plan was being scrapped, just 10 days after it was first announced.


"We get it, and we have listened." Kwarteng said on Twitter. It comes after days of market chaos which saw the pound plummet. Kwarteng, speaking at a Tory Party conference Monday, admitted that the proposals may have caused "a little turbulence."

That tax cut would have impacted the UK's highest earners, giving them on average an extra £10,000 per year — that's around a third of the average wage in the UK, according to the ONS — at a time when the country is in the midst of a cost of living crisis.

The move last week throttled UK bonds as well as the pound, with long-dated gilts surging in response to fears over the unfunded tax cuts. Economists around the world sounded off on the government's plan, with many comparing the situation to what's commonly faced by developing economies, while the IMF gave a stinging rebuke of the proposal.

The relief sparked by the turnaround was felt immediately yesterday. By Monday afternoon, the pound had broken $1.13, close to where it was trading before the mini budget and above the all-time low of $1.03.

In another reversal, Kwarteng has backed down on when he will reveal what's in his medium-term fiscal plan. He previously insisted he wouldn't publish it and related economic forecasts until November 23 , but it will now come later this month. Early Tuesday, the pound traded as high as $1.14 after the news.

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Edited by Max Adams (@maxradams) in New York.