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Viewers of Rishi Sunak’s budget speech later in the week may not be too surprised, as the Treasury has already invested some £20 billion ahead of time.
The spending spree involves “leveling up” transport outside London by some £7bn; £500m for family support, including new SureStart-style children’s centres; and £5bn for health research and genome sequencing.
Meanwhile, Brexit talks are set to move to London in the week as the UK and Brussels remain “too far apart” on the Northern Ireland Protocol, which was previously signed by Boris Johnson’s government.
While British negotiators said the talks had so far been constructive, they claimed that issues of “governance” were preventing further progress – namely, London’s demand to tear down the agreement in which it is currently in the role of overseeing disputes between the parties. European Court of Justice.
Sunak warns of £500m package for families, which will not make up for the cut
Rishi Sunak has promised a £500m package to support parents with young children – but he has been warned that it is not enough to be cut and closed.
Mr Sunak will announce a series of early years investments in his budget on Wednesday that will give children the “best possible start in life”. writing Adam Forrest.
But Neil Leach, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said the government knows “the existing structure is collapsing” and that much more needs to be done to help nurseries, pre-schools and childminders.
Rishi Sunak warns of £500m package for families not prepared for cuts
Sector chief of early years says government is well aware ‘existing structure is collapsing’
Budget spending of £20bn revealed days ahead of speech
Rishi Sunak is set to deliver his second budget speech in a year on Wednesday, but when he does, a few surprises remain.
Some £20bn-worth of spending plans have already been put behind, including £7bn for “level up” transport outside London and £5bn for health research and genome sequencing.
Other major items of expenditure include:
- £500m to support family including new SureStart-style children’s centers
- £3bn for “Skill Revolution”
- £850m to “breathe life” back into cultural sites
- £700m for a new fleet of Border Force patrol boats and other measures
- £700m to improve sport and youth clubs
- £435m for the Crime Prevention and Crown Prosecution Service, part of which aims to improve the response to rape and sexual assault cases
Mr Sunak will be on BBC Andrew Marr Show Who knows this morning, we might learn about more plans.
Your correspondent wonders how Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle will feel about all this. He is extremely hot on the demand of ministers to announce the policy in Parliament instead of in the media.
You can read more about the plans for the “Skill Revolution” below:
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Sunak will announce quadruple the number of skill boot camps in artificial intelligence, cyber security and nuclear
UK and EU ‘still far’ on Northern Ireland deal, as talks move to London
Northern Ireland is set to continue talks between the UK and the EU in London next week, despite both sides being “far away” on key issues surrounding the protocol, writing Adam Forrest.
British officials this week described talks in Brussels as “constructive”, which came after the EU proposed new measures to ease trade barriers stemming from the agreed-upon Brexit deal.
But it is understood that there is still great division over Brexit minister Lord Frost’s demand to end the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in trade arbitration.
UK and EU ‘still far’ on Northern Ireland deal
UK source says Brussels must ‘soon’ give way to European court role or talks could fail
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