Truss Chancellor Kwarteng to announce medium-term fiscal plan sooner

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Truss Chancellor Kwarteng to announce medium-term fiscal plan sooner

The announcement of his medium-term fiscal plan is due to be announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng, as he seeks to reassure financial markets about his economic strategy.

Kwarteng, who was previously set to publish the proposal alongside a set of economic forecasts on Nov. 23, will now announce it sooner, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan isn't public. One person said that the exact date for publication is yet to be confirmed.

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Kwarteng has been under pressure to flesh out his economic strategy - including independent forecasts to back the plans up since announcing the biggest tax cuts in half a century on Sept. 23. There was a sell-off in UK assets because of concerns that the British government was boosting borrowing to pay for unfunded fiscal measures.

Kwarteng was speaking to the Conservative Party's annual conference on Monday and said he would publish the plan shortly, and made no reference to the timing he had previously set out. The announcement will set out how we plan to reduce debt over the medium term, according to Kwarteng. We will act in a responsible and fiscally sustainable way. Some of Truss's top team say Her UK Project May Already Be Over.

The move was welcomed by Treasury Select Committee Chairman Mel Stride, who has been pushing Kwarteng to speed up the announcement and in particular to the forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility - government s fiscal watchdog, in order to calm the rattled markets.

Stride said that if the OBR forecast and new fiscal targets are credible then bringing these forward should calm markets more quickly and reduce the upward pressure on interest rates to the benefit of millions of people up and down the country. He said that the details should be published before the Bank of England's next interest rate decision on November 3 to reassure our rate setters that they can go with a smaller base rate increase than would otherwise be the case. It is another concession by Kwarteng as he seeks to allay concerns about his management of the economy, after he backtracked on a headline promise to abolish the 45 pence top rate of tax. Kwarteng had previously said he wasn't going to shift from the Nov. 23 date, so that the necessary analysis could be done properly.

On Sept. 28, executives at some of the City of London's biggest firms told Kwarteng he couldn't wait until November to reassure markets about his fiscal plans.

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