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Deliver a strong economy

Last updated: 12:49pm 12 November 2019

A strong economy built on sound public finances, low taxes, better regulation and free trade deals with markets around the world.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.12

Our verdict

For many people the state of the economy is at the top of the list of important political issues, so we really want to get this right. But this is a big one. In fact, we basically have to hold our hands up and acknowledge that it’s too big and complex for us at Policy Tracker to condense down into a short 250-word verdict. To give you a credible assessment, we need to be collating expert opinion from the organisation who are internationally recognised in this field.

That said, it didn’t stop us putting in a huge amount of research and analysis to be able to offer this initial status, and you can read the full report in this longer post. Our initial judgement is that, going on information from the Office for National Statistics and on International Monetary Fund data, the UK economy is currently what economists like to call “lukewarm”. It’s neither strong nor weak – it’s doing OK.

Based on that, we’re calling this policy ‘in progress’. Even though this government’s term of office has now ended, we’ll still be looking for opinion from bigger research organisations when data comes out covering the period up to December 2019. Follow this policy to get updates.

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