CONCERNS have been raised over the Scottish Budget after Sajid Javid quit amid the Tory party's cabinet reshuffle.

Javid’s resignation as chancellor of the exchequer leaves his successor, Rishi Sunak, with little more than three weeks to put together a Budget.

The new chancellor, who had been chief secretary to the Treasury since July, will be tasked with putting the finishing touches to a range of policies, including those aimed at “levelling-up” the regions and nations of the UK.

A spokesman would not confirm if it will still go ahead as planned on March 11, saying: "Preparations have been carried out already and will continue at a pace."

The PM's spokesman also confirmed reports that the two separate teams of special advisers at No 10 and the Treasury will merge into one to jointly advise the new Chancellor and the Prime Minister.

The new unit will ultimately be accountable to the PM.

Kate Forbes, who delivered the Scottish Budget after Derek Mackay resigned, said the UK Government’s decision to push its Budget back means the Scottish Government’s own spending plan is based on the Conservative Party’s election manifesto.

Forbes said waiting for after the March 11 Budget statement could have been “quite catastrophic” for the planning of social care and other key services.

However, she said the country’s finances will now be partly based on “assumptions” about cash that “might come, that we don’t know for a fact will come”.

“There’s a lot hanging on taking the Treasury at their word,” she added.