Government needs to wean the UK off this extraordinary level of state subsidy as soon as possible, says IEA expert


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Julian Jessop quoted in the Daily Express

Tax and Fiscal Policy

Responding to the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on government borrowing and debt, IEA Economics Fellow Julian Jessop said:
 
“The April numbers were awful. UK government borrowing in April alone (£62.1bn) was almost as large as the deficit in all of last year (£62.7bn).

“A temporary increase in borrowing is a price worth paying to save lives and protect businesses and jobs from a one-off shock like coronavirus. But the government needs to wean the UK off this extraordinary level of state subsidy as soon as possible.

“This huge amount of intervention will distort the economy, undermine market incentives, and ultimately hold back the recovery.”


*Julian Jessop is available for interview and further comment.

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For further reading:

Model Behaviour: How economists can shape the post-lockdown world
The Covid-19 debt crisis will be like no other in British history


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