Rishi Sunak accused of delaying energy security strategy ahead of grilling from MPs over spring statement – UK politics live | Politics

Good morning. Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, will face the Commons Treasury committee this afternoon the place he’ll take questions on final week’s spring statement, which has been broadly criticised by folks from all sides of the politial spectrum. He will in all probability even be requested about energy coverage, and a report within the Financial Times this morning saying that the federal government’s energy security strategy is being additional delayed as a result of Sunak is reluctant to log off on a brand new spending splurge. In its story the FT reports:

Boris Johnson’s promised energy security strategy has been delayed once more, as chancellor Rishi Sunak continues to carry out towards large new spending commitments.

Sunak, below fierce strain to do extra to assist households by the associated fee of dwelling disaster, has informed colleagues he needs to show off the spending faucets and that each “marginal pound” ought to go in direction of tax cuts.

His robust stance has put the brakes on the energy strategy, which was initially due for publication final week after which once more initially of this week.

The energy security strategy was on account of be printed this week, however the FT says it’s not anticipated till every week at the moment on the earliest. The Treasury has not denied the FT story, with a Treasury supply telling PA Media: “Policy is still being decided on.”

Here is the agenda for the day.

9am: Keir Starmer hosts his “Call Keir” LBC phone-in.

9.30am: The Department for Education holds a press briefing on the schooling white paper.

11.30am: Downing Street holds a foyer briefing.

11.35am: Richard Hughes, chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility, and his senior colleagues give proof to the Commons Treasury committee concerning the spring statement.

2.30pm: Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, takes questions within the Commons.

2.40pm: Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, offers proof to the Commons Treasury committee concerning the spring statement.

4pm: Amanda Pritchard, the NHS England chief govt, and Sir Chris Wormald, everlasting secretary on the Department for Health and Social Care, give proof to the Commons public accounts committee concerning the vaccine rollout.

4.30pm: Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary, offers proof to the Commons Northern Ireland affairs committee.

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