A statement for the rites of spring

Publication date: 14 Mar 2018 | Publication type: Policy Paper | Theme: Macroeconomics | NIESR Author(s): Kara, A | Report number: 6

Chancellor Phillip Hammond presented the first Spring Statement yesterday. This was not the occasion to expect new fiscal policies or for rabbits out of a hat – we were told that in advance – even the symbolic red budget box was missing. The Chancellor kept to his promise and made this a non-event but in our assessment, he missed the opportunity to address some important long-term challenges facing the economy and public finances such as the pressures from an ageing population and also a shorter-term strategy to neutralise the impact of Brexit.


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