What time will Rishi Sunak deliver the 2021 Budget on Wednesday? How to watch live

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<p>Rishi Sunak will deliver his Budget tomorrow</p> (PA)

Rishi Sunak will deliver his Budget tomorrow

(PA)

Rishi Sunak faces the momentous challenge of delivering a Budget nearly a year on from the first outbreak of coronavirus in the UK.

The Chancellor must start the task of dealing with the black hole in the public finances while also supporting families and businesses hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here we take a look at when the Budget is taking place and how you can follow the address live.

What time is the Budget 2021?

Mr Sunak will deliver the Budget in the House of Commons at 12.30 on Wednesday.

Unlike his predecessors, he will follow his Budget statement with a Downing Street press conference, taking questions from the public and journalists, and on Thursday he will appear on The Martin Lewis Money Show Live.

How to watch the Budget 2021 live

The Evening Standard will be covering the speech via our daily live coronavirus blog.

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You can also follow the Chancellor’s address on BBC News, Sky News and via Parliament Live TV.

What are some key things to look out for in the Budget?

Taxes: Mr Sunak is thought to be considering an increase in the tax on profits from 19p in the pound to between 23p and 25p.

Economic forecasts: Boris Johnson said he thinks the recovery “could be much stronger than many of the pessimists have been saying over the last six months or so”.

Coronavirus measures: The furlough scheme is expected to continue, along with other support for businesses.

Labour pains: Sir Keir has warned that it is not the time for tax rises on families and businesses – a move which has put him at odds with some of his own MPs, who want to see companies which have profited during the pandemic forced to hand over some of their earnings.

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