Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said that the government’s budget may be delayed.
This week, Sajid Javid resigned as UK Chancellor as Boris Johnson completed a Cabinet reshuffle. It is understood that Mr Javid was offered the opportunity to continue in his role, but only if he sacked all of his advisers – something which he was not prepared to do. The resignation of Mr Javid led to the appointment of Rishi Sunak as his replacement.
Mr Javid never delivered a budget during his time as Chancellor, serving for just under 7 months.
The budget sets out how the government plans to spend money and any plans it has on changing taxation. It had originally been scheduled for March 11, however, there is now doubt that the budget will still take place on that date.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme, Mr Shapps said; “The guy’s (Mr Sunak) only been in place for a few days, let’s give him a few days to decide on the date.” He had told Sky News earlier that plans for the budget were ‘well advanced’ but Mr Sunak may want time to look at the plans in detail.
The last full budget in the UK took place in October 2018. A budget had been scheduled for November 2019 but was delayed once Brexit was delayed and an election was called.