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UK economy to keep away from recession, says Hunt


Mar 15, 2023
  • By Noor Nanji
  • Small business reporter, BBC News

15 March 2023, 12:40 GMT

Updated three minutes ago

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The UK economy is set to shrink this year but keep away from a technical recession, according to the government’s independent forecaster.

The Workplace for Price range Duty (OBR) now expects the size of the economy to fall by .two% in 2023.

But it will escape the usual definition of a recession, which is two consecutive 3-month periods of decline, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt mentioned.

It came as he set out the government’s development plans in the Price range.

The OBR also mentioned inflation would extra than halve to two.9% by the finish of 2023.

Inflation – the price at which costs are increasing – is presently in double digits, driven by soaring meals and power costs.

In a developing economy, the worth of the goods and solutions that the nation produces – measured by gross domestic solution (GDP) – increases every single quarter.

It is a sign that folks are carrying out extra operate and, on typical, receiving a tiny bit richer.

But often the level of GDP falls, and that is a sign that the economy is carrying out badly.

The OBR mentioned the economy was nevertheless probably to shrink this year, but by much less than it previously believed.

It now expects GDP to fall by .two% in 2023, obtaining predicted a 1.four% drop six months ago.

“Right after this year the UK economy will develop in just about every single year of the forecast period: by 1.eight% in 2024 two.five% in 2025 two.1% in 2026 and 1.9% in 2027,” Mr Hunt mentioned.

Mr Hunt mentioned the economy was “proving the doubters incorrect”, in spite of development remaining lacklustre this year.

The development forecasts for 2025, 2026 and 2027 are also downgrades compared with what the OBR was expecting six months ago.

The chancellor also mentioned the UK was on track to meet the government’s self-imposed fiscal guidelines.

“At the Autumn Statement I also announced that public sector net borrowing ought to be under three% of GDP more than [five years’ time],” Mr Hunt mentioned.

“The OBR confirm these days that we are meeting that rule with a buffer of £39.2bn. In reality our deficit falls in just about every single year of the forecast.”