‘We are in a horrible fiscal bind’ says the Institute for Fiscal Studies this morning, as it publishes its Green Budget report ahead of the Autumn Statement. A combination of stagnant growth, stubborn inflation, rising debt interest payments and a tax burden at a postwar high has produced a grim assessment of the UK economy, which the IFS suggests will worsen in the coming years, as ‘huge fiscal pressures’ around the National Health Service and public sector pensions increase (more on that here).
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