UK finance minister prepares to announce spending plans

It’s going to be a busy day for news in the UK as Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils the government’s spending plans for the coming year at around 12:30 GMT.

The Spending Review – a sort of “mini-Budget” – will include details on public sector pay, NHS funding amid the pandemic and money for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Sunak will also set out the extent of the damage done to the UK economy by coronavirus. The government’s Covid-19 response has led to huge spending and borrowing rises.

We’ll have coverage across the BBC. In the meantime, you can read more ahead of the statement.

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