“It makes scrutiny of plans more difficult and is corrosive to trust. While governments of all stripes will, of course, want to follow the adage of ‘repetition, repetition, repetition’ when it comes to highlighting the goodies they are funding, official policy documents should also be clear about when and where spending is expected to be lower than previously planned too.”
A spokesperson for the Treasury, however told Express.co.uk: “This suggestion is wrong. The Treasury has approved additional activity by departments as part of the Plan for Jobs.”
A tweet from the Treasury added: “It is true that some other projects are underspending across government – this is not unusual in normal times – and not surprising in a global pandemic.”
And a spokesperson added to The Times that the figures outlined by the Chancellor were not final, and would be costed later in the year.