Minister's decision awaited

Budget date may change, adding to Scots uncertainty

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak: possible new date

New Chancellor Rishi Sunak may delay the date of next month’s Budget in order to give himself more time to prepare, adding more uncertainty over Scotland’s financial settlement.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said there had been no confirmation from the Treasury that it would be held as planned on 11 March, the date set by Sajid Javid before his dramatic resignation last week.

Mr Shapps said in an interview: “I haven’t heard whether the date of March is confirmed as yet. He is probably looking at it, I should think this week.”

Setting the UK Budget for mid-March had already proved controversial as it forced the Scottish Government to announce its own Budget ahead of Westminster.

Scotland’s Budget, which was presented by Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes following the resignation of Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, may have to be re-written if Mr Sunak shifts tax and spending commitments substantially away from those indicated by Mr Javid.

Mr Sunak, previously the Treasury chief secretary, is seen as a rising star and more in tune with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans.

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