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UK's Kwarteng promises to bring spending under control

Economy Sep 30, 2022 23:10
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: New British Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng walks outside Number 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain September 6, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

(Reuters) -The British government will make a new "commitment" to bring public spending under control following a week of financial turmoil, British finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng said in an op-ed in The Telegraph on Friday.

Kwarteng vowed to publish a "credible" plan in November to reduce debt. He also doubled down on his mini-budget, writing that while some measures may not be universally popular "we had no other choice."

Kwarteng unveiled a string of lower taxes last week that were, unusually, not accompanied by forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). Sterling fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar and the sell-off led the Bank of England to intervene with emergency bond-buying to protect pension funds from partial collapse.

In his article in the newspaper, Kwarteng wrote: "The Medium-Term Fiscal Plan will set out a credible plan to get debt falling as a share of GDP in the medium term, with new fiscal rules and a commitment to spending discipline. And this will be alongside a full forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility."

British Prime Minister Liz Truss said on Friday she recognised there had been some financial market disruption following the government's so-called mini budget and that it was important monetary and fiscal policy are coordinated.

UK's Kwarteng promises to bring spending under control
 

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Dave Kearsley
Dave Kearsley Sep 30, 2022 23:30
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By printing even more money no doubt!
Garry Cooke
Garry Cooke Sep 30, 2022 23:30
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Or——They could tax the last Chancellor of the Exchequers wife…?
Matt Hester
Matt Hester Sep 30, 2022 23:30
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The bank won’t do it, they know they can’t print like the Americans.
Mercy Brownson
Mercy Brownson Sep 30, 2022 22:47
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all thanks to the great trade master (milena ayrton,) another £5,000 dollars gained.
Flavius Justinianus
Flavius Justinianus Sep 30, 2022 22:21
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How Kwasi? Will you raise taxes on poor people so you can fund the 45% tax cut on rich people?
 
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