British Chancellor Jeremy Hunt claims that the country’s economy is “back”. Also, that the Washington meeting of the International Monetary Fund has praised his growth strategy. Following a lot of criticism, his predecessor Kwasi Kwarteng departed the previous IMF meeting in October early.
According to Mr. Hunt, the international financing organisation noticed that he was “putting the British economy back on the right track”. The UK economy, according to the most recent data, did not expand in February.
The IMF predicted on Wednesday that the UK economy would decline by 0.3% in 2023. Further ranking it among the worst-performing of the world’s major countries.
Response of Jeremy Hunt on IMF’s criticism:
Mr. Hunt responded, “Its other finance ministers who are telling me Britain is back.” When asked if the UK’s current performance undermined his optimistic message.
Following months of industrial action, sharp price increases, and workforce shortages. Britain’s economy has only recently grown to its pre-pandemic level.
The 5% salary increase was rejected by nurses in the RCN union on Friday. They announced they will strike once more at the beginning of May. The four-day salary strike by junior physicians in the NHS in England came to an end at 07:00 on Saturday. According to the Office of National Statistics this week, the wave of industrial action that has affected the UK in recent months has contributed to its lack of development.
However, Mr. Hunt emphasised the need to refrain from promoting additional inflation through salary increases. He said that “so far” this year, Britain had escaped a recession, and he expressed his confidence that the coming months will bring greater growth and lower inflation.
A year ago, the short-lived government of Prime Minister Liz Truss shook investor confidence in the UK when Mr. Kwarteng presented an economic strategy that contained significant tax cuts without a justification for how they would be paid for.
As a result of the failure of three US banks and UBS’s emergency takeover of Credit Suisse, the outlook for the UK, which heavily relies on financial services, may be clouded.
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