Commenting on the latest GDP figures, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:
“We are in danger of meagre growth becoming the new normal. Poor GDP figures in the first quarter of this year only underscore the extent of the UK’s long-term growth problem.
“The Chancellor cannot keep postponing the urgent need for radical action to bring both spending and taxation under control. His current plan will add £4,000 to the national debt for each and every household in the country. This is far from a programme of austerity. We are, in fact, continuing to live far beyond our means.
“Regulation is strangling the economy, whilst high marginal tax rates are disincentivising people from working, saving and investing. The government must reduce spending, cut taxes and enact key supply-side reforms to encourage business and enterprise. For a growth revolution, we need a policy revolution.”
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