Boris Johnson forced to rip up three-year spending plans due to Covid crisis


BORIS Johnson has been forced to rip up his three-year spending plans due to the Covid crisis.

The PM had hoped to map out his post-Covid vision for the UK by setting out the Government’s spending plans for the rest of the Parliament.

Boris Johnson has been forced to rip up his three-year spending plans due to the Covid crisis

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Boris Johnson has been forced to rip up his three-year spending plans due to the Covid crisisCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But Chancellor Rishi Sunak has told the PM it would be impossible to set out such long-term spending plans amid the chaos that Covid has wreaked on the public finances.

The Government has already spent over £200 billion bailing out businesses and workers since March, with the total cost to taxpayers expected to be almost double that.

The Comprehensive Spending Review is usually a multi-year spending plan whereby the Chancellor allocates budgets for each Whitehall department.

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Mr Johnson had hoped to press ahead with it despite the Covid crisis and the Financial Times reported that he had held talks with Mr Sunak this week in search of a compromise.

There are expected to be exceptions for health and defence and potentially defence spending amid warnings from military chiefs that delaying spending plans will hamper efforts to plan for a new era of changing threats.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the PM a Comprehensive Spending Review would be impossible

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the PM a Comprehensive Spending Review would be impossibleCredit: Getty – Pool
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