The Government said a top credit rating agency's latest forecast on the UK economy showed the Coalition was on the right track with plans to cut the deficit.
Standard & Poor's said Britain's cherished AAA long-term credit rating will stay for now, but warned there was a chance of a downgrade.
The Treasury said:
– Treasury statement
In today's reaffirmation of our credit rating, Standard & Poor's stress the government's commitment to continued fiscal consolidation.
They specifically say that a downgrade could be prompted by a change in the government's 'willingness and ability to implement its ambitious fiscal strategy'.
This serves as a reminder that our country cannot afford to simply run away from our problems.