Budget 2021 live: Sunak says he will use ‘full measure of our fiscal firepower’ to protect jobs | Politics

Good morning. At the moment Rishi Sunak will ship his second price range. His first was on Wednesday 11 March 2020 and, though its £30bn spending package deal sounded vital, inside every week it was successfully all in tatters as the primary transfer in direction of nationwide lockdown began and the Treasury began work on bail-out measures that dwarfed something within the price range crimson e book.

So immediately will be the primary correct Covid price range. And, in an announcement launched final night time, Sunak summed up his message like this:

We’re utilizing the complete measure of our fiscal firepower to protect the jobs and livelihoods of the British folks.


The assertion coincided with a Treasury briefing saying that the furlough scheme can be prolonged. That is itself was not notably stunning – for months at PMQs, when requested about this, Boris Johnson has been saying the federal government will proceed to assist the British folks, and in current days the Treasury has been dropping ever extra blatant hints about furlough persevering with past April – however the resolution to stretch it out till the top of September was a shock. My colleague Larry Elliott and Jessica Elgot have the story.

However with that announcement now out, consideration will now be specializing in the “shock” that Sunak will be saving up for the speech. Maybe a windfall tax? (That was the one subject on which Sunak utterly clammed up in an interview with Andrew Marr on Sunday by which he was in any other case blissful to speak typically about what he was planning.) There will be one thing, as a result of so many of the opposite measures have already been formally introduced, or trailed so broadly and authoritatively that they could simply as nicely have been press launched. My colleague Richard Partington has a information to the primary gadgets we will count on.

At the moment this weblog will be targeted fully on the price range, the build-up to it, the announcement, response and evaluation. My colleague Graeme Wearden, who usually writes the enterprise dwell weblog, will be contributing.

For non-budget coronavirus information, do learn our world dwell weblog. And if you’re concerned about Nicola Sturgeon’s proof to the Scottish parliamentary committee investigating her authorities’s response to the Alex Salmond harassment complaints, now we have a separate dwell weblog for that too.

Right here is the timetable for the day.

8.30am: Boris Johnson chairs a pre-budget cupboard.

12pm: Johnson faces Sir Keir Starmer at PMQS.

12.30pm: Rishi Sunak delivers the price range.

3pm: Richard Hughes, chair of the Workplace for Budget Duty, holds a briefing concerning the OBR price range forecasts.

5pm: Sunak holds a press convention at No 10.

I strive to monitor the feedback beneath the road (BTL) however it’s unimaginable to learn all of them. You probably have a direct query, do embody “Andrew” in it someplace and I’m extra possible to discover it. I do strive to reply questions, and if they’re of basic curiosity, I will publish the query and reply above the road (ATL), though I can’t promise to do that for everybody.

If you’d like to entice my consideration shortly, it’s in all probability higher to use Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.


Rishi Sunak talking to people who have had government support during the Covid crisis, ahead of today’s budget. He’s holding a copy of the budget red book.

Rishi Sunak speaking to individuals who have had authorities assist throughout the Covid disaster, forward of immediately’s price range. He’s holding a duplicate of the price range crimson e book.

{Photograph}: Common Information And Sport (Scotland)/HM Treasury/UNPIXS (EUROPE)

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