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Category Archives: Gross National Income

UK growth forecast lowered

The new, independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) believes that UK growth will be lower than previously forecast by the last Labour government. It projects that UK GDP growth will be 1.3% this year, and 2.6% next year. This compares with the previous government’s forecast for 2010 of 3.25%.  The OBR also forecasts growth of 2.8% in both 2012 and … Continue reading

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“Even worse than we thought.”

This was David Cameron’s take on the UK’s economic situation over the weekend. He said that painful cuts would have to be made which would affect “our whole way of life”. He also added that: “Because the legacy we have been left is so bad, the measures to deal with it will be unavoidably tough …” His argument was that … Continue reading

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Pushing us towards the death spiral

Yesterday the government announced that it was making initial cuts in public spending of £6.2bn largely by cutting what the Chancellor, George Osborne, called “wasteful spending.” These include cuts in consultancy, travel costs and cutbacks in various departments.  But this isn’t the whole picture on government spending reductions as we still have an emergency Budget to come on 22nd June. … Continue reading

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I’m expecting a call from the Queen at lunchtime

Well to be strictly accurate it will be from the Queen’s Head. I’m meeting Skipper Harrison and some of the lads down there for a celebratory drink. We’re used to late night sittings, so this running the country stuff should be a bit of a doddle. The first thing we will have to do is choose a cabinet. I know … Continue reading

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Record borrowing to be followed by record spending cuts?

Public sector net borrowing reached a total of £163.4bn in 2009-2010 which was about £3bn lower than forecast by the Chancellor in the April Budget, but was significantly higher than the £96.5bn of borrowing in the previous financial year. This was the largest borrowing figure since the Second World War and is the equivalent to 11.6% of GDP. National debt, … Continue reading

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Concern at expected fall in overseas aid this year

 Aid to developing countries in 2010 will reach record levels in dollar terms after increasing by 35 per cent since 2004. But it will still be less than the world’s major aid donors promised five years ago at the Gleneagles and Millennium and five additional summits. Though a majority of countries will meet their commitments, the underperformance of several large … Continue reading

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