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S&P strong warning to UK on continuing negative outlook for the economy

Saturday, April 6th 2013 - 04:02 UTC
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PM Cameron and its ‘ambitious fiscal strategy’ in the dock PM Cameron and its ‘ambitious fiscal strategy’ in the dock

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has reaffirmed its triple-A rating for the UK, but warned of the continuing negative outlook for the economy. S&P said it may downgrade the UK from the highest rating in the future if economic conditions worsened.

In February, Moody's became the first rating agency to downgrade the UK from triple-A status.

The Treasury welcomed the S&P decision, saying it supported the government's efforts to cut the budget deficit.

“In today's reaffirmation of our credit rating, Standard & Poor's stress the government's commitment to continued fiscal consolidation,” a Treasury statement said.

“They specifically say that a downgrade could be prompted by a change in the government ‘willingness and ability to implement its ambitious fiscal strategy'.

”This serves as a reminder that our country cannot afford to simply run away from our problems.“

February's downgrade by Moody's, another of the big three rating agencies, was seen as a political embarrassment to the coalition government of PM David Cameron, which had promised to protect the UK's credit rating when it was elected in 2010.

S&P warned that it may still follow suit if the UK government's current plans veer off course.

”The outlook remains negative, reflecting our view of at least a one-in-three chance that we could lower the ratings if the UK's economic and fiscal performances were to weaken beyond our current expectations,” it said.

It said it now expects the UK economy to grow by an average of 1.6% a year over the next three years - lower than the official forecast given by the Office for Budget Responsibility.

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  • Doveoverdover

    The UK Government should not just focus on austerity, particularly not if it affects pensioners who worked for so long and deserve every penny they get from the current working population, they should now go for growth. Infrastructure projects in British controlled territories not subject to European fair competition rules are an excellent place to start. We should then follow it up by finding somewhere British to replace the revenue flow from the North Sea hydrocarbon fields and I don't mean Blackpool.

    Apr 06th, 2013 - 06:58 am 0
  • agent999

    good idea get that fracking going

    Apr 06th, 2013 - 07:15 am 0
  • Britworker

    Yes, get the tracking going so long is you don't live where it's being done. Our problem is that our biggest export market, the EU, is a basket case. We need to be less reliant on Europe for trade. I don't think that the government is doing a lot wrong with the economy, new export markets are essential.

    Apr 06th, 2013 - 07:36 am 0
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