UK budget 2020: experts react

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

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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.

The macroeconomy
W David McCausland, Professor of Economics, University of Aberdeen

Rishi Sunak’s first budget, just months into the job, is in large part born out of necessity. The novel coronavirus has prompted a £30 billion package to fund increased health spending and mitigate the effects of illness, particularly for small firms. The abolition of business rates for small firms in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors in England is particularly welcome.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2020

Bibliographical note

Phil Tomlinson receives funding from the European Regional Development Fund to establish two business acceleration hubs in the South West of England.

Cam Donaldson receives funding from the Medical Research Council and the Chief Scientist Office.

Craig Berry is a member of the Labour Party.

Gabriella Conti receives funding from the Nuffield Foundation (grant number EYP 42289). She is a Research Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and a Trustee of Foundation Years Information and Research.

John Weeks is coordinator of the Progressive Economy Forum's council of economists and a member of the Labour Party.

Gavin Midgley, Karl Schmedders, Madeleine Gabriel, Ross Brown, and W David McCausland do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


  • UK economy
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Budget 2020
  • Rishi Sunak


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