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Chancellor Jeremy Hunt expressed confidence that his strategy to combat rising inflation is yielding results and will soon relieve financial pressure on UK households.

Hunt acknowledged the ongoing financial challenges faced by many households in the country, emphasizing the importance of sticking to the plan for reducing inflation. While the Bank of England initially predicted a 7.1% inflation rate, experts anticipate it will drop to around 5% by year-end. Although inflation has receded from its peak of 11.1% last October, it remains above the Bank of England’s 2% target.

Simultaneously, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has upgraded the UK’s economic growth figures, revealing a faster rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic than previously estimated.

“As we head into autumn, I understand that family budgets are still strained, but inflation is decreasing, and it’s crucial to stay the course. We are on track to halve inflation this year, which will alleviate pressure on families and businesses alike,” Hunt stated.

He also highlighted that recent data indicates the UK’s economic recovery outpaces many other G7 economies, making it an attractive destination for investment.

In response to Hunt’s remarks, Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, criticized his disconnect from the economic realities faced by British families. She argued that transitioning from no growth to low growth should not be celebrated and called for a focus on investing in Britain to boost growth, reduce household bills, and improve the lives of working people across the nation.

Jeremy Hunt, speaking on Saturday, reiterated his commitment to halving inflation by the end of 2023 as parliament prepares to reopen after the summer recess. The UK’s inflation rate is expected to reach approximately 5% by year-end, down from January’s levels.

Hunt emphasized that easing inflation will relieve the strain on household budgets. He also pointed out efforts to enhance productivity in the public sector to stimulate economic growth.

Hunt and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak aim to foster optimism about the economy, especially with an upcoming election on the horizon, where the opposition Labour Party currently holds a substantial lead in the polls.

“I do anticipate a brief inflation blip in September, but afterward, the Bank of England projects it will gradually decline to around 5%,” Hunt explained in a BBC interview on Sunday.

Hunt’s continued focus on inflation may not align with some lawmakers within the Conservative Party who are advocating for tax cuts before the election, expressing concerns about British tax revenues reaching their highest share of the economy since the 1940s.

Revised economic data, released on Friday, offered a favorable outlook for the government, revealing that the economy had rebounded more swiftly from the pandemic than previously thought.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

2nd September, 2023

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