Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that public sector debt hit a record high of £ 2.08bn at the end of October after government borrowing hit £ 22.3bn. pound sterling.
But the new round of pay cuts for civil servants – many of whom have been at the forefront of the government’s response to the pandemic – are likely to stand in stark contrast to Boris Johnson’s £ 16.5 billion increase for defense spending.
The prime minister is also expected to announce his decision later on the findings of a Cabinet Office investigation into Priti Patel’s conduct. It comes after knowledgeable sources told The Guardian that the investigation found evidence that she broke the ministerial code.
Pressure on Johnson to sack the Home Secretary is mounting amid allegations of intimidation and harassment by officials in three separate government departments. Patel has denied the allegations.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he felt “very proud” to serve in a cabinet with Patel. He added:
I think she does a great job, is a great Home Secretary and really does the things that matter to people. In all the relationships I have had with her, she has been only courteous.
But Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said suggestions that the Prime Minister would not sack Patel showed “all the hallmarks of a Prime Minister cover-up.” He also urged the government to publish the results.
Here is the agenda for the day:
9h30 The ONS publishes its weekly survey on the social impacts of Covid-19.
12h ONS publishes weekly survey on Covid-19 infection.
The last R rate is expected in the early afternoon.
12h15 Nicola Sturgeon is leading the coronavirus briefing in Scotland.
A press conference in Downing Street is scheduled for the afternoon.
18h Level 4 restrictions come into effect in 11 municipalities in Scotland.
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