Chancellor promises to prioritise environment in new budget

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SAJID Javid announced today that he will be putting environment at the forefront of his First Budget.

The Budget is said to build on recent announcements to ‘boost spending on public services and tackle the cost of living.’

Mr Javid commented: “People across the country have told us that they want change. We’ve listened and will now deliver.

“With this Budget we will unleash Britain’s potential – uniting our great country, opening a new chapter for our economy and ushering in a decade of renewal.”

The Chancellor will provide an economic update to Cabinet colleagues before updating Parliament during Treasury oral questions today.

Mr Javid cancelled a 6 November Budget in October to make way for the general election.

This means that the Office for Budget Responsibility, which monitors the government’s performance on money management, may not be able to comply with its legal requirement of publishing two forecasts in the financial year, which ends on 31 March.

The budget process will take place on 11 March.