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Budget day: Rishi Sunak – Chancellor getting things done

Budget day: Rishi Sunak – Chancellor

The new finance minister Rishi Sunak announcing the UK’s budget.  It is the first after Brexit and in the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak across the world.  It comes amid continued pressure from the coronavirus outbreak.

Some elements already revealed.  They included more than £600bn for infrastructure projects over five years and extra money for potholes.

Statutory sick pay will be made available to all advised to self-isolate. It will be made quicker and easier to get benefits for self-employed.

A £500m Hardship Fund being created to support vulnerable people.  Govt to refund cost of providing statutory Sick Pay for up to 14 days.

Flood Defences will receive £120m fund to repair damaged flood defences, and £5.2bn to be invested i flood defences over next six years.

Some other issues:

30,000 hectares of trees to be planted by 2025,  22,000 civil servants to move outside central London. £2.5bn pothole fund and £27bn for strategic roads and motorways.  From December 1 VAT on books newspapers and magazines abolished.

Up to £8m for Football Foundation’s scheme for new football pitches.  There will be £12bn multi-year settlement for affordable housing. Immigration Health Surcharge raised to £624. And Corporation Tax rate cut cancelled, this was a promised in manifesto

As part of his budget plans the Chancellor has abolished tax on tampons and it will begin from January 2021.

What did you think?  Were you able to watch?  Were you happy with what was said?

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