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UK’s AAA credit rating at risk following Autumn Statement

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The UK’s AAA rating is likely to be downgraded next year after the Office for Budget Responsibility cuts its prediction for economic growth, ratings agency Fitch has warned

The OBR’s new figures showed that the even after a five year parliament of spending cuts and tax rises, the Government will still be borrowing around one in every 10 pounds it spends.

The official growth forecasts increase debt to £105bn to 2016/17, making it impossible for Chancellor George Osborne to meet his target to reduce the share of public debt to national income by 2015/16.

Fitch, which has already put the UK’s AAA status on “negative outlook” in March, said “missing the target weakens the credibility of the UK’s fiscal framework, which is one of the factors supporting the rating.”

The ratings agency says: “The OBR now judges that the supplementary target of falling public sector net debt by 2015/16 is likely to be missed. This is consistent with our assessment in September.

“The government has chosen not to chase the supplementary target by deploying additional consolidation measures over the next two years. In our view, missing the target weakens the credibility of the UK’s fiscal framework, which is one of the factors supporting the AAA rating. We forecast gross general government debt to peak at 97 per cent in 2015-16, approaching the upper limit of the level consistent with the UK retaining its ‘AAA’ status.”

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  1. Remind me…is this the same credit ratings agency that gave bundles of toxic US debt a AAA rating.

    In that case do we need to worry much about what they say?

    Remember, when these tiresome agencies downgraded the US the cost of borrowing for the US actually fell because no-one believed them.

    I fail to understand how these discredited organisations continue to remain in business, let alone have any economic power.

  2. Breaking news

    We’ve just put Fitch on a negative treble D rating due to the fact that they must be DUMB, DAFT and DELUDED if anybody takes any notice of these so called experts in government ratings any longer.

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