Budget 2020: Sunak highlights green ambition

The Treasury will set out new measures to address climate change and wider environmental issues, chancellor Rishi Sunak has hinted in the build-up to Wednesday’s budget, as a think tank highlighted a major spending shortfall to reach net zero by 2050.

Writing on Twitter over the weekend, Sunak said: “Reaching net zero and ensuring we protect our natural environment. Budget 2020 is four days away.”

The message was one of a daily countdown series setting out the government’s priorities for the budget, including laying “the foundations of a decade of growth” and a promise to “level up opportunity across the country”. 

The chancellor has already announced the government intends to double spending on flood defences in the budget, along with emergency measures to address the impact of COVID-19. 

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