'Whatever it takes' for business, Sunak vows

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has vowed to ‘do whatever it takes’ to support businesses as the country looks to a post-coronavirus future.

  • Leeds wins bank as infrastructure cash goes North

    The new National Infrastructure Bank will be based in Leeds, the chancellor revealed alongside other Budget announcements badged under the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda.

  • First round of £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund begins

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the first round of the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund will be available to local areas to help tackle regional inequalities.

  • BUDGET 2021: Sunak warns of pain to come

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a budget to protect ‘livelihood and jobs’ – with a warning of public finance pain to come.

  • BUDGET 2021: Furlough scheme extended until autumn

    The chancellor has extended the furlough scheme and announced further funding for apprenticeships in a bid to soften the impact of COVID-19 on jobs.

  • Bridges threat 'shows lack of joined-up thinking'

    More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to Highways England’s plans to infill or demolish more than 100 disused railway bridges, which campaigners say could be needed for new rail or active travel routes.

  • Eight new freeport sites named

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak closed his Budget speech today with a commitment to eight new 'freeport' sites - international gateways set to enjoy a raft of tax breaks from later this year.

  • Rail Project SPEED 'is a call to arms'

    Ministers have pledged to roll out ‘new and innovative’ ways of working across rail upgrade schemes, eight months after the prime minister announced a new taskforce to speed up ‘vital infrastructure projects’.

  • MPs call for review of local authority flood funding

    The Government needs a better understanding on whether funding allocated to local authorities to prevent flooding is matching local risks, MPs have warned.