To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the level of growth in the UK economy in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015; and what change in the level of public sector employment he anticipates will take place in each region and constituent part of the UK in that time.
The OBR is responsible for producing independent economic and fiscal forecasts of the UK economy. The OBR’s most recent forecast (published at Budget 2014) is for UK GDP to grow by 2.7% this year and 2.3% in 2015.
The OBR forecast general Government employment will fall by 0.1 million in 2014 and 2015. This is more than offset by increases in market sector employment of 0.5 million in 2014 and 0.3 million in 2015.