UK Chancellor sees (dim) light at end of tunnel


Schroders' Chief Economist Keith Wade comments on the UK's Spring Statement

“For what was meant to be a simple economic statement, the Chancellor turned much of the first Spring Statement into a political opportunity to have a dig at Labour with barbs about red books and oncoming trains.

“Certainly he did have an opportunity to unveil stronger growth for this year alongside a forecast of UK inflation falling back to target by the end of the year. Government borrowing has returned to surplus, excluding investment, and debt is set to peak. All good news.

“However, much of this was anticipated and it is still fairly cautious with only a modest upward revision to growth of 0.1% to 1.5% this year. We should not be surprised: it’s too early in the political cycle for anything more bullish and the Chancellor himself said that forecasts are there to be beaten. 

“No mention though of the UK being the weakest economy in the G7 at a time when the rest of the world is booming. We welcome the initiatives on housing and training, areas key to getting productivity back on track and boosting long-run growth.”

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