THERE will be major Universal Credit, stamp duty and furlough updates this week when Rishi Sunak unveils the UK’s 2021 Budget.
The Chancellor will reveal the country’s spending plan on Wednesday – the first since coronavirus‘ devastating impact on the economy became clear and the first since the Brexit transition period came to an end.
He will outline his plan to rescue the UK, spelling exactly what areas of British life will see a spending boom and the ways in which hardest hit citizens will be supported by the Government.
More support for workers, struggling families and businesses is on the cards for Sunak, along with tax hikes to cover the cost of the schemes.
Sunak has put Britain’s beleaguered high streets at the heart of his economic plans, promising a £5bn lifeline for bricks-and-mortar shops and pubs.
Meanwhile there could be a new levy for online retailers – though experts have previously warned this could be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices.
The Budget is due to take place at around 12.30pm on Wednesday, once Prime Minster’s Questions ends in the House of Commons.
UP TO SIX CASES OF MANAUS VARIANT OF CORONAVIRUS DETECTED IN UK
Up to six cases of a highly transmissible variant of coronavirus first identified in the Brazilian city of Manaus have been detected in Britain for the first time, English health officials said on Sunday.
Three cases were found in England and another three in Scotland.
Two of three cases found in England were from a household in the South Gloucestershire area that had a history of travel to Brazil. A third, currently unlinked, case has yet to be identified, Public Health England said.
The risk to the wider community from the Gloucestershire cases was considered low but as a precaution officials were moving quickly to deploy testing and increasing the sequencing of positive coronavirus samples from the area, PHE said.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY SAYS
Britain’s high streets must be at the heart of the nation’s economic recovery.
So we welcome the £5billion lifeline for bricks-and-mortar shops and pubs that Rishi Sunak will announce in Wednesday’s Budget.
FRANCE AND GERMANY TO REQUIRE COVID-19 TEST FOR SOME BORDER CROSSINGS
France and Germany have agreed that people crossing the border between the French region of Moselle and Germany will have to have proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test in the previous 48 hours, French Europe Minister Clement Beaune said on Sunday.
The French government was eager to keep travel restrictions limited at the border, which 16,000 French workers from Moselle cross each day.
“We have negotiated with the Germans so that crossing the border remains allowed, so that these tests are faster and easier antigenic tests,” Beaune said on BFM TV.
Germany’s Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases on Sunday classified the Moselle district as an area of concern due to the spread of a coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa.