Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak got to his feet in the House of Commons shortly after 12.30pm to deliver the crucial speech on his plans for taxation and spending as Britain recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak outside number 11 Downing Street ahead of the Budget
- Sunak said Covid-19 has 'fundamentally altered' our way of life, telling the Commons: 'Much has changed, but one thing has stayed the same: I said I would do whatever it takes - I have done and I will do.'
- He told MPs that the damage coronavirus has done to the UK economy has been 'acute' as he began his statement.
- Sunak added it will take the UK and the whole world a 'long time to recover from this extraordinary economic situation, but we will recover.'
- The Chancellor said more than 700,000 people have lost their jobs since March 2020 and the economy has shrunk by 10 per cent, the largest fall in more than 300 years.
- The Office for Budget Responsibility is now forecasting, in their words 'a swifter and more sustained recovery' than expected in November.
- The OBR forecasts that the economy will grow this year by 4 per cent, by 7.3 per cent in 2022, then 1.7 per cent, 1.6 per cent and 1.7 per cent in the last three years of the forecast.
- Sunak said a July 2020 forecast suggested unemployment could peak at 11.9 per cent but the forecast now is for a much lower peak of 6.5 per cent.
- He said the measures to support the economy amounted to £65billion over this year and next, taking the total Government support to £407 billion.
Sunak delivers his Budget statement to the House of Commons
Benefits and social policies
Business taxation and support
The £500,000 nil rate stamp duty band will continue to run until 30 June