The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced the spending allocations for the public sector in the Spending Review, which took place on 25 November 2020. Recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, investment in the NHS, education and police, improvement of infrastructure and public sector pay were the key areas addressed by the Chancellor. He has allocated £55bn to the fight against coronavirus, introduced a three-year £2.9bn restart scheme which aims to help over one million unemployed people find jobs, and increased the national living wage for those aged 23 and over to £8.91 per hour from April 2021. In addition, £100bn has been assigned for capital spending, a £7.1bn National Home Building Fund has been announced, and £12bn has been provided to ensure the UK reaches net zero by 2050. Sally Shorthose, partner at Bird & Bird, shares her views on the Chancellor’s announcements.