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After a tumultuous autumn for economic policy, and against a backdrop of high inflation and a cost of living crisis, Jeremy Hunt will deliver his first budget on 15 March. On the following day an IfG event featuring Richard Hughes, Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility, assessed the chancellor’s statement.
What does the budget reveal about this government’s approach to economic and fiscal policy? How will the economic and fiscal outlook shape the general election campaign? What do the government’s public spending plans look like – and are they plausible? And what are the strengths and weaknesses of the rules that help shape the government’s fiscal plans?
To explore these questions and more, our expert panel included:
- Stephen Bush, Columnist and Associate Editor at the Financial Times
- Nick Davies, Programme Director at the Institute for Government, lead author of the Institute’s Performance Tracker of public services performance
- Richard Hughes, Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility
- Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist at the Institute for Government.
The event was chaired by Dr Hannah White, Director of the Institute for Government.