Sunak Minimizes Need For Winter Covid Measures That Would Hurt The Economy


Rishi Sunak, the British Chancellor, warned of a “difficult” winter ahead as Covid cases increase, but said money will be available in next week’s budget to ease pressure on them. families and artistic institutions.

Sunak’s budget was already tightly constrained by high debt levels and the threat of higher interest rates, but now the Chancellor also faces the additional potential problem of greater Covid disruption.

Speaking ahead of next Wednesday’s budget, Sunak said the winter would be “difficult”, but did not expect the government to have to respond with policies that seriously damage the economy.

“There is a range of options available, and these are not options that involve deadlocks or very significant economic restrictions,” Sunak told The Times.

The Chancellor will respect his self-imposed spending limits when he announces the results of his triennial spending review, which will budget Whitehall until the next election.

But he is expected to announce £ 500million of investment to support families, including £ 80million for ‘family centers’, £ 100million to support the mental health of new and expectant parents and £ 120million. sterling for other family projects.

Meanwhile, 300,000 vulnerable families will be helped with an additional £ 200million for the government’s ‘Family Support Program’, which helps households tackle complex issues that can lead to family breakdown. .

Family hubs are places where families can access the services they need in one place, but Kate Green, ghost education secretary, said they were a “sticky cast for a fractured landscape of child care. ‘children and children’s services’.

Separately, Sunak will announce in its budget £ 850million in support to museums, galleries and other cultural venues over three years to help them recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Among the institutions receiving more money are the V&A, the Tate, the Natural History Museum and the National Museums Liverpool, the Treasury said.

Sunak said he was “proud to be part of a country with such a strong cultural heritage”, but acknowledged that the closure of cultural institutions during the pandemic had caused considerable damage.

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