Did the Mini Budget actually add up?

Following the negative reception of the tax cuts in the September Mini Budget, the Chancellor faced immense pressure to address the publication date of the economic forecasts that were deliberately excluded from the Mini Budget.

Was the September mini Budget uncosted?

Questions were raised regarding the cost of the September Mini Budget. Concerns arose when it was revealed that the Chancellor had not provided a clear costing for the proposed tax cuts. This lack of clarity sparked unease among financial markets and led to confusion and uncertainty during the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham over the weekend.

To restore confidence and alleviate concerns in the market, the Chancellor was compelled to bring forward the publication date of the OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility) report. Originally slated for 23 November, the report is now expected to be released in October 2022. By sharing the economic forecasts, the government aims to provide a more comprehensive understanding of how the new tax cuts will be funded.

The actual 2022 Budget is still to come

It is important to note that despite the updates regarding the economic forecasts, the actual 2022 Budget is yet to be unveiled. The proposed date for the release of the complete Budget remains on 23 November 2022. However, with several potential challenges and uncertainties ahead, there is still a considerable amount of time for developments and negotiations to occur before reaching that point.

As the situation continues to evolve, it is crucial to stay informed and monitor any updates that may impact the fiscal landscape and economic outlook.