Tax and spending experts say Sunak’s budget doesn’t add up

Bodies including Institute for Fiscal Studies doubt chancellor’s spending cuts after Covid are deliverable

Rishi Sunak is under increasing pressure to provide more money for the NHS and struggling households amid criticism from tax and spending experts that his Budget plans to repair the Covid-19 damage to public finances were unrealistic.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Resolution Foundation, with the head of the Treasury’s own independent forecasting body, all questioned whether it would be possible to deliver the cuts in spending that are central to the chancellor’s strategy.

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