Sunak scraps three-year spending review to focus on Covid-19

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UK chancellor will set out one-year plan covering budgeting needs of departments

Rishi Sunak has cancelled the UK government’s three-year spending review for the rest of parliament to allow Treasury ministers more time to focus on coping with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The chancellor said he would set out a one-year spending plan that would focus entirely on dealing with the budgeting needs of departments and the devolved governments during the pandemic.

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