Plans for infrastructure and climate postponed until after budget (UK)

The national infrastructure strategy to invest £100bn in boosting the economy and tackling the climate crisis is expected to be delayed until after the budget.

The plan to improve transport connectivity and work towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 had been set to be published “alongside” the budget, which is due on Wednesday.

But the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, who took over at the Treasury last month, is not expected to unveil the plans seen as being crucial to the government’s “levelling up” agenda until a later date.

Whitehall sources were unable to say when it would be published, but expected the delay to be only a matter of days or weeks.

However, the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said the delay represented “absolute chaos” in government.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “It is vital that we give these decisions the proper time and care they deserve. The national infrastructure plan will follow in the coming months and government officials are working on it as a priority.”

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