IFS warns over public sector

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned that government borrowing will rise, public sector spending cuts will increase. The OECD has also said the UK must do more to boost growth and tackle inequality, which it says are key to economic recovery.

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OECD: UK needs to boost growth and tackle inequality

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said the UK must do more to boost growth and tackle inequality, which it says are key to the economic recovery.

Speaking at a press conference with George Osborne, Angel Gurría, the OECD's secretary general again gave the Chancellor broad support:

Fiscal consolidation needs to be embedded in a comprehensive package that also promotes growth. Further structural reforms are key to a stronger, more inclusive and prosperous Britain.

In its annual report on the state of the economy the OECD said:

Fairness is important to ensure public support for the necessary fiscal consolidation effort, which will need to be sustained over a protracted period.

Restraint on spending on public services, imposed by the budget situation, will hit the poor hardest, as their consumption of public services is higher relative to their income than for the more affluent and they have less access to alternative services.

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