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How to read the budget watchdog’s numbers for the economy

In addition to the credit card debt and spending numbers, the OBR will also expose its forecasts for growth and unemployment. Supplied the unprecedented uncertainty, the OBR outlined three distinct paths for the financial system in its Fiscal Sustainability Report in July: an upside, central and downside scenario.

With a next lockdown sending the recovery again into reverse and the Chancellor extending the furlough scheme into upcoming calendar year, the OBR is probable to revise these figures.

Again in July, its central scenario predicted that unemployment would peak at 12pc although GDP would collapse 12.4pc in 2020. That would be followed by a quick recovery for the financial system, with growth hitting 8.7pc in 2021 and unemployment returning to five.3pc by 2024. On the other hand, in that end result GDP was nonetheless 3pc reduce by 2025 than it was in its March forecast.

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