National Institute UK Economic Outlook

UK Economic Outlook Spring 2021: Brisk but not Better Growth

  • Our central forecast for economic growth in 2021 has been revised up to 5.7 per cent from 3.4 per cent in February. The immediate economic effects of the virus, which have been concentrated in the low-waged service sector, are expected to wane, while remaining negative consequences of Brexit will make themselves felt over the long-run and largely in sectors less affected by Covid-19.

UK Economic Outlook February 2021: Brexit Britain in Covid Recovery Ward

  • The resurgence of Covid-19 has led to a downward revision in forecasts of UK economic growth in 2021 made by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR): from 5.9% to 3.4%, following a contraction of 9.9% in 2020.
  • Early indications are that the lockdown in the first quarter is having a larger impact on activity than in November, but a smaller impact than the Spring 2020 lockdown.