Sunak begins planning for a post-Covid economy

On Wednesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak begins setting out plans for what he hopes will be an economy beyond Covid-19. This Spending Review – detailing the money government departments will get for things like the NHS, education, roads, and police – only covers the financial year 2021-22. It will also set out money for the devolved administrations Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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