SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 26 September 2021, Sunday |

OBR: Tax rise to account for 60 percent of UK deficit reduction  

The country’s budget watchdog said on Monday that the Finance minister Rishi Sunak aims to balance Britain’s public finances by relying 60 percent on tax rises and 40 percent on spending cuts.

Sunak’s budget plans last week showed Britain’s budget deficit falling to 4 percent of gross domestic product in 2023/24 from a peacetime high of 19 percent of GDP in 2020/21, when borrowing paid for most of the financial cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If you look at the ratio of this budget’s consolidation to what’s been done in the past, it’s about 60 percent being done by tax and about 40 percent being done through spending,” Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) chairman Richard Hughes told parliament’s Treasury Committee.

“The last time you had a chancellor about to deliver a big consolidation, which was in 2010, a lot more was being done through public spending and less was being done through tax,” Hughes added.

Former finance minister George Osborne aimed for tax rises to account for just 20 percent of medium-term deficit reduction in his 2010 budget, with 80 percent of the work to be done by spending cuts.