As expected, today’s budget was dominated by Covid and the subsequent impact on the UK economy. Even though much of the Chancellor's plans were leaked to the press, we now have clarity and confirmation. While we await further details and further feedback on Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget, this is what we know so far.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce a further extension to the existing furlough scheme when he delivers his budget. The scheme was set to finish at the end of April, but it will now be extended until the end of September. This will come as good news for the millions worried about the coming months and their financial security.
It has been revealed that the arts and culture sector wll receive a significant boost in this week’s budget, with over £400 million earmarked by the chancellor. Rishi Sunak is preparing to reveal his budget after just a short time to prepare compared to past years. This year's budget has also been far more challenging than in past years due to the enormous negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic over the last year.
It has been revealed that health officials are on the hunt for an unidentified UK resident who has contracted the Brazil variant of Covid-19. In February, six cases of this variant were discovered in the UK, one of which included a person that authorities are keen to trace. However, this is proving to be a challenge as the person concerned failed to complete a registration form.
In a rare public discussion, the Queen has recently spoken of her experience of receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. The monarch, who rarely discusses her health in public, also took the opportunity to urge hesitant members of the public to have their Covid jabs to help protect others.