But there was no let-up on the measures targeting buy-to-let landlords, who are set for steep increases in the tax they pay on their rental properties from the beginning of April.
In 2015 former Chancellor George Osborne announced plans that mean landlords have to pay tax on turnover, rather than the difference between rental income and mortgage interest.
Currently tax is due on profits at your highest rate of income tax. But between 2017 and 2020 this system will be replaced. All landlords will pay tax on the full amount less tax relief fixed at 20pc.
As a result every mortgaged landlord who pays 40pc or 45pc tax will pay much more - but so will some basic-rate taxpayers too, because the change will push them into the higher-rate tax bracket.