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Budget 2021: What time is Rishi Sunak’s Budget speech today and how can you watch it live?

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Budget 2021: What time is Rishi Sunak’s Budget speech today and how can you watch it live?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver his autumn Budget on Wednesday.

The NHS and transport upgrades look set to be the big winners in announcements made by Mr Sunak ahead of his second Budget of the year.

What time will the autumn Budget 2021 be announced?

The Budget speech and spending review will be delivered in the House of Commons at 12.30pm on Wednesday October 27, shortly after PMQs.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s second Budget of the year will focus on “looking to the future and building a stronger economy for the British people”.

Mr Sunak’s previous budgets in March 2021 and 2020 had been heavily focused on supporting the country through the coronavirus pandemic.

How you can watch the Budget 2021 live

The Evening Standard will be covering the speech via our dedicated Budget live blog.

You can also follow the Chancellor’s address on BBC News, Sky News and via Parliament Live TV.

What are some key things to look out for in the autumn Budget 2021?

Some £30 billion of investment has already been announced by the Treasury ahead of Wednesday’s Budget.

These are the initiatives that have already been confirmed:

  • ‘Levelling up’ transport

The Treasury said nearly £7 billion would be given to areas such as Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and South Yorkshire for projects ranging from tram improvements to introducing London-style improvements in infrastructure, fares and services.

  • Digital overhaul for the NHS

A £6 billion package of funding will help tackle NHS backlogs and invest in technology and data in a bid to improve efficiency and security within the health service.

Nearly six million people in England are waiting to start routine hospital treatment - a record high (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Archive)
Nearly six million people in England are waiting to start routine hospital treatment - a record high (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Archive)
  • Boost for museums and galleries

Over three years, £850 million will “breathe life” back into cultural hotspots. The money will be used to restore and upgrade some of the country’s most popular institutions such as London’s V&A museum, Tate Liverpool and the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

  • Crime prevention

A £435 million package of measures aimed at preventing crime will form part of next week’s Budget – with a focus on violent offences against women.

  • A ‘skills revolution’

Mr Sunak will announce the number of skills boot camps in areas such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and nuclear will be quadrupled, with a £3 billion cash injection to those in post-16 education and adults in later life.

  • Border protection

Ageing Border Force vessels will be replaced by new cutters as part of a £700 million investment to improve the safety of Britain’s borders.

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