UK budget 2020: experts react

  • W McCausland
  • Phil Tomlinson
  • Cam Donaldson
  • Craig Berry
  • Gabriella Conti
  • Gavin Midgley
  • John Weeks
  • Karl Schmedders
  • Madeleine Gabriel
  • Ross Brown

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Rishi Sunak has delivered his first budget as UK chancellor and the Conservative Party’s first budget since winning the 2019 general election. Here our panellists give their take on his announcements. Stay tuned for further updates and follow @ConversationUK on Twitter.


Gabriella Conti, Associate Professor in Economics, UCL

It is certainly welcome that more public resources will be devoted to the NHS, although it would have been better to do this less in “crisis-response mode” and more via sustainable spending.

The budget provides more than £6 billion of further funding to strengthen the NHS in England, though not all the details of how the extra funding will be used have been spelled out. The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, seems to assume the coronavirus outbreak will be shortlived. We all hope so, but it is reassuring to know that the NHS has been promised all the resources it needs.

Dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases like that seen in Italy will require a major effort. The NHS managed to cope with the swine flu scare in 2009/2010, but it is struggling today, missing key performance targets and with ICU beds already at high capacity.

Period11 Mar 2020

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  • TitleUK budget 2020: experts react
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Conversation
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Producer/AuthorDavid McCausland
    PersonsW McCausland, Phil Tomlinson, Cam Donaldson, Craig Berry, Gabriella Conti, Gavin Midgley, John Weeks, Karl Schmedders, Madeleine Gabriel, Ross Brown