Government Admits Chancellor of the Exchequer Unable to Name Budget Date

Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, has said Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is not able to currently set a date for the Budget. Sunak, who has faced a series of allegations regarding his past conduct, was expected to deliver the budget on 11 March 2020, the same date as planned by his predecessor Sajid Javid.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Shapps said that this is a “matter for the new Chancellor” and said that “the Government hadn’t previously said that the Budget would go ahead [11 March 2020]”, although HM Treasury had announced this date on 7 January 2020.

HM Treasury was unable to comment on when the Budget would be held.