Tax and Fiscal Policy

Public finances in a “truly dire state” in the long term, says IEA Director General


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Responding to the latest public sector borrowing data from the Office for National Statistics, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood said:


“The public finances are in a poor state in the short term and a truly dire state in the long term. Only a policy approach that supercharges economic growth can begin to mitigate the hole in the state sector’s finances. That will require the government to think more seriously about the impact of their tax rises and their failure, to date, to tackle red tape. At some point they will also need to be honest about which areas of state expenditure they are actually going to cut.”


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