Does the OBR understand the implications of its own forecasts? – alittleecon

Robert Chote [head of the Office for Budget Responsibility] is saying the potential for the trend of consumer spending being supported by running down savings and consumer debt continuing is not plausible, but that they expect wages to pick up which will ensure spending growth continues (albeit at a slower rate), writes Alex Little.

The thing is, though… in order for the deficit to be eliminated over the next four or five years, that’s exactly what the OBR are forecasting needs to happen. Household debt needs to rise and consumers need to spend more than income on an unprecedented scale.

So either Chote doesn’t understand the implications of his own forecasts, or it’s his way of saying they are just ‘not plausible’.

Read the full article here.

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1 thought on “Does the OBR understand the implications of its own forecasts? – alittleecon

  1. Mr.Angry

    One wonders what scale of salaries these individuals from the OBR receive for forecasting figures like this. Or could it be Gideon is briefing them on what they can and can’t say. I think the latter would be more in keeping with the lies we hear day by day.

    Breathtaking, must walk my jack russell in the woods now and clear my mind of this bunkum.

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