Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the pay boost recognises the “vital contribution” of doctors. teachers and police during the coronavirus crisis.
The Chancellor said he hopes offering a 50 per cent discount to diners in restaurants will remind Brits that "we used to love going out".
“We will not be defined by this crisis but by our response to it,” the Chancellor said as he set out his plan for economic recovery.
The Business Secretary said the investment in energy efficiency will support thousands of construction jobs and put money in pockets.
Coronavirus spending meant government borrowing reached £62.1 billion in April, the highest figure for any month on record, new data shows.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the government will continue to help pay wages for four more months.
The shadow Chancellor has told talkRADIO that the UK has been “too slow” in providing economic support amid the coronavirus crisis.
The shadow chancellor said the spending plan was “nowhere near enough” and, on some issues, went “significantly in the wrong direction”.
The Chancellor said the government was “working around the clock” to ensure the public remains “safe, healthy and economically secure”.
Follow live updates from talkRADIO as Chancellor Rishi Sunak presents the first Budget of Boris Johnson's government.
Rishi Sunak is expected to announce a plan to repair 50 million potholes across the country as he delivers his first Budget today.
The ex-Chancellor explains why he felt forced to quit Cabinet, making an apparent jibe at senior Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings.
Yorkshire Tea was targeted in a frenzy of "furious accusations" and "rage" after the new Chancellor posted a picture with its teabags.
Rishi Sunak insisted the deportation was "reasonable", despite more than 150 cross-party MPs and peers calling to halt tomorrow’s flight.
He accused Labour of pretending it can fund its manifesto without costing most taxpayers.