The government “stands ready to give the NHS whatever it needs”, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said.
Asked in his first broadcast interview as chancellor what the government would be willing to do in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, he tells Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme: “I’m working hard with the team to make sure that we have the interventions required to help anyone through a difficult period.
“First and foremost, supporting public services but also helping vulnerable people and also businesses to get through anything that might be coming our way… we stand ready to give the NHS whatever it needs.”
He also says he would outline measures in the budget to support businesses that may face “cash flow” problems due to coronavirus.
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“I take my responsibilities seriously to make sure we do what we need to do to ease the burden on business over that temporary period of time, to make sure that they have access to the cash flow that they need to bridge through a difficult period, so that they can emerge on the other side strong and ready to get back to normal…
“There are policy levers we can take to ease the short-term burden on businesses’ cash flow and these are businesses that we think are viable, sustainable, that have a bright future but have a temporary period of disruption, and that’s where our interventions should be focused.”
Rishi Sunak, Cherie Blair and Nicola Sturgeon are among those being interviewed on the Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme on Sky News from 8.30am this morning.