As one of the most open economies in the world, the UK is not immune to global slowdowns and shocks.All this means the challenge of delivering a sustained rise in living standards following the financial crisis is greater here in Britain than the Office for Budget Responsibility () had previously forecast.The UK is forecast to grow faster than any other economy this year, with employment at record highs, but with productivity growth weaker than forecast.So this Budget sets out long-term solutions to long-term problems and invests in the education, builds the infrastructure and supports the savings of the next generation. Since the Spending Review and Autumn Statement was published in November 2015, the outlook for the global economy has worsened and global growth has slowed, with the International Monetary Fund () predicting global growth of 3.4% in 2016, 0.2 percentage points lower than its October forecast.This is precisely why the UK has been working through its long-term economic plan.Since 2010 the plan has been focussed on reducing the deficit, while delivering the supply side reforms necessary to improve long-term productivity growth.
The government will: To tackle the long term economic challenges in the UK, this Budget announces radical reforms that will drive future prosperity, investing in the infrastructure that will deliver economic growth for the next generation.
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Over 5 billion in capital flowed out of emerging markets last year.
These concerns about growth prospects have been reflected in financial market volatility since the turn of the year.