The chancellor has instructed Sky Information there’s “no room for complacency” in tackling the UK’s financial issues after official figures revealed no GDP development in February.
His feedback got here after the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) reported the UK’s Gross Domestic Product – the total value of all good and services produced in the country – flatlined at 0% in February.
This was worse than the 0.1% development predicted by economists in a ballot for Reuters.
The figures comply with a rebound of 0.3% growth in January and the affirmation the UK economic system avoided recession within the second half of 2022, which raised hopes for a better-than-expected monetary outlook this 12 months.
Talking to Sky’s economics and knowledge editor Ed Conway at an Worldwide Financial Fund summit in Washington DC, the chancellor stated: “The expansion numbers present there’s completely no room for complacency. Inflation is larger than we wish, development is decrease than we wish.
“That is why we have put in place a really clear plan within the price range to deal with the 2 largest boundaries to development within the economic system – companies not having the ability to recruit the employees they need… [and] funding by companies not being as excessive as we wish. So we have put in measures to take care of that.”
The chancellor added: “However relating to the longer-term prospects of the economic system, [what] I am listening to from my finance minister colleagues right here in Washington is confidence within the resilience of the British economic system – a perception that we’re heading in the right direction.
“And whenever you have a look at the industries of the longer term – know-how, life sciences – these are areas the place the UK could be very, very robust, and that’s very encouraging for us in the long run.”
Earlier Labour’s shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves described development as being “on the ground” and hit out at Mr Hunt’s method.
And David Bharier, from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), additionally expressed considerations at what he known as “stubbornly low” development.
“The federal government has not addressed a number of the main points holding companies again, such because the unprecedented vitality value shock and document tightness within the labour market,” he added.