- Chancellor says Budget will set out ambitious plans to unleash Britain’s potential, level up across the UK and usher in a decade of renewal
- Budget will start a new chapter for the economy, seizing the opportunities that come from getting Brexit done
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has today launched the beginning of the Budget process and announced that it will take place on Wednesday 11 March 2020.
During a visit to the new £350 million Trafford Park tram line project in Manchester, the Chancellor set out plans to use the Government’s first Budget to deliver change – unleashing Britain’s potential, delivering world-class public services and levelling up the whole country.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, said:
People across the country have told us that they want change. We’ve listened and will now deliver.
With this Budget we will unleash Britain’s potential – uniting our great country, opening a new chapter for our economy and ushering in a decade of renewal.
The Chancellor will today provide an economic update to Cabinet colleagues before updating Parliament during Treasury oral questions. He is expected to set out plans in the March Budget to:
- open a new chapter for the UK’s economy and prepare it for the decade ahead
- deliver on the Government’s promises on tax, to help tackle the cost of living for hard-working people
- make good on the commitment to level up and spread opportunity, including by investing billions of pounds across the country
At the Budget, the Chancellor will update the Charter of Fiscal Responsibility with new rules, taking advantage of low interest rates to invest properly and responsibly, while keeping debt under control.
The Budget will prioritise the environment, and build on recent announcements to boost spending on public services and tackle the cost of living. These include investing in new hospitals, training thousands of new police officers, funding vocational education and the biggest ever cash increase to the National Living Wage.
- The launch of the Budget process means that individuals, interest groups and representative bodies can now submit a Budget representation to HM Treasury to comment on government policy and/or suggest new policy for inclusion in the Budget.
- On 31 December, the Government announced that low-paid workers will receive a 6.2% pay rise with a new National Living Wage (NLW) of £8.72 per hour, the biggest cash increase ever: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-pay-rise-for-28-million-people
- In August the Prime Minister confirmed a new £1.8 billion NHS cash injection to help improve patient care: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-announces-extra-18-billion-for-nhs-frontline-services
- At the September Spending Round, the Chancellor announced the most generous settlement the Home Office has received in the last 15 years to help fund the Government’s commitment to recruit 20,000 additional police officers, and tackle child sexual exploitation: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/spending-round-2019-what-you-need-to-know