Author Archives: Harriet Price

Supplementary forecast information release

Since the publication of our March 2017 Economic and fiscal outlook we have received a request for further detail underlying our business rates forecast. We have published this new supplementary forecast information on the March 2017 EFO page.

Learning forecast lessons

The OBR is likely to revise down potential productivity growth in its November forecast, weakening the outlook for the public finances. This would be partially offset by lower equilibrium unemployment, more hours worked and downward revisions to borrowing last year.

Welfare trends report

We have decided to push back the publication of our 2017 Welfare trends report from 10 October to later in the financial year. The report will focus on the forecasting of Universal credit ahead of next year’s planned surge in the number of UC recipients.

Year-to-date deficit little changed on last year

Government borrowing was £0.2 billion lower than last year over the first five months of 2017-18. Our March forecast predicted a rise in borrowing for 2017-18 as a whole, with self-assessment income tax paid in the second half of the year expected to fall relative to 2016-17.

The outlook for debt interest spending

Official figures this week showed a big jump in government debt interest spending. Read our paper on the debt interest outlook and risks. This paper is a slightly modified standalone version of Chapter 8 of our July 2017 Fiscal risks report.

Supplementary forecast information release

Since the publication of our March 2016 Economic and fiscal outlook we have received a request for further detail underlying our stamp duty land tax (SDLT) forecast. We have published this new supplementary forecast information on the March 2016 EFO page.

Spending pushes deficit higher

The budget deficit in June was around £2 billion up on last year and £2 billion higher than market expectations, reflecting strong growth in departmental spending, debt interest payments and contributions to the EU. Read more

Our first Fiscal risks report

Confronted by a vulnerable fiscal position and a challenging political environment, the Government will need to review the fiscal risks that it has exposed itself to for policy reasons, to prepare for the cost of unexpected shocks and to address some long-term pressures on receipts and spending. And to do so while managing the uncertainties…