The Treasury said the Budget would “set out the government’s plan to build a stronger, more prosperous economy, building on the recent Spring Statement and last year’s Budget.”
The announcement of the Budget date was slow to emerge this year with some commentators believing the Chancellor was waiting for the conclusion of Brexit negotiations with the EU.
As there is little sign these will be concluded quickly it now appears he has decided to press ahead with a relatively early Budget date despite some experts believing it could have been put off until November or even December.
Mr Hammond Tweeted today: “I’ll set out how our balanced approach is getting debt falling while supporting our vital public services, and how we are building a stronger, more prosperous economy.”
Mr Hammond moved the date of the Budget from March to the Autumn after taking over as Chancellor to avoid an end of year tax scramble.