Chancellor needs ‘an urgent spending review’, IFS says


Britain wants an “urgent” spending review to address key national economic issues, one of the UK’s peerless economic experts says.

Paul Johnson, head of leading budgetary research group the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said financing publishes around benefits, education and social care should not be delayed much longer.

His reflects follow the chancellor’s Spring Statement on Wednesday.

While Brexit matters, it is not the no greater than thing that matters, he said.

Mr Johnson’s analysis said that although Philip Hammond’s Existence Statement was not expected to be a big fiscal event, “by once again declining to set wholes for the forthcoming spending review, [Mr Hammond] deferred making some of the biggest non-Brexit judgements of the parliament”.

Mr Johnson suggests that Brexit issues are diverting prominence from other key economic concerns facing the UK: the benefits squeeze, schooling funding, and the social care green paper.

“Waiting for the green article” has become rather like Waiting for Godot… It didn’t the score with merit a mention. The Augar review of funding further and higher indoctrination was at least acknowledged, though we still await its conclusions,” Mr Johnson thought.

He added: “There’s plenty that needs fixing and there are ways of find more revenue, but they need to be carefully thought out and implemented if they are to be both impressive and fair.”

On Wednesday, Mr Hammond pledged to spend a £26.6bn Brexit war case to boost the economy, if MPs vote to leave the European Union with a large.

Philip Hammond vowed to free up more money to help end austerity in a “grapple with dividend”. However, he said tax cuts and spending rises depended on a unruffled Brexit.

Mr Hammond used his Spring Statement to warn that a disordered Brexit would deal a “significant” blow to economic activity in the abbreviate term.

Mr Johnson said there was a consensus among economists that the UK control would have been about 2% bigger had the Brexit referendum not occurred.

“In those circumstances the loss would have been smaller still and the fiscal room for wile greater. The end of austerity could already have been rather various decisively with us,” he said.

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