Budget 2023: Britain set to avoid recession this year and inflation to fall to 2.9%, Jeremy Hunt reveals | The Sun

Budget 2023: Britain set to avoid recession this year and inflation to fall to 2.9%, Jeremy Hunt reveals | The Sun

March 15, 2023

BRITAIN is set to avoid recession this year AND inflation will tumble to just 2.9 per cent – Jeremy Hunt revealed this morning.

The Chancellor updated the nation on the latest predictions for the economy from top experts at the Office for Budget Responsibility.

Inflation – which means the amount prices are going up – will fall from a staggering 10.7 per cent to 2.9 per cent by the end of the year, he revealed.

However, the economy will shrink by 0.2 per cent this year.

It means the UK will technically avoid a recession – which is two quarters in a row of negative growth, or shrinking.

It is a bit less gloomy than previously predicted – the OBR said just last year that the economy would contract by a staggering 1.4 per cent.

Mr Hunt said: "That left many families feeling concerned about the future.

"But today, the OBR forecast we will not enter a recession at all this year with a contraction of just 0.2 per cent.

"And after this year the UK economy will grow in every single year of the forecast period: by 1.8 per cent in 2024; 2.5 per cent in 2025; 2.1 per cent in 2026; and 1.9 per cent in 2027."

Financial chiefs also predicted that more people will go back into work this year – another 170,000.

Mr Hunt told MPs today: "Today the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast that because of changing international factors and the measures I take, the UK will not now enter a technical recession this year.

"Despite continuing global instability, the OBR report today that inflation in the UK will fall from 10.7 per cent in the final quarter of last year to 2.9 per cent by the end of 2023."

It comes after the UK economy rebounded by better-than-expected growth in January.

It grew by 0.3 per cent – boosted by our services sector and the return of the Premier League.

It's a return to growth after the UK economy shrunk by 0.5% in December and grew just 0.1% in November.

Find out more by reading our Spring Budget live blog here.

Gloomy Bank of England chiefs had predicted a recession of at least a year starting at the beginning of the year, but these predictions have yet to come true.

Some economists think Britain may avoid a recession altogether now.

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The PM and Chancellor's main priorities are to grow the economy, cut inflation and get debt down.

So the Spring Budget hasn't got too many giveaways in – as the pair prioritise paying down our spiralling debts.

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