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    “UK Economy Enters Recession, Dealing Another Setback to Rishi Sunak’s Economic Promises”

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    UK Economy Enters Mild Recession, Testing Rishi Sunak's Economic Agenda

    The United Kingdom has slipped into a mild recession, posing a significant challenge to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s economic promises. Official figures released by the Office for National Statistics reveal a 0.3% contraction in the economy during the fourth quarter of 2023, exceeding economists’ forecasts and marking two consecutive quarters of decline.

    Despite a modest 0.1% growth throughout the year, this sluggish expansion represents the slowest annual rate since 2009, excluding the initial year of the pandemic. The recession underscores Sunak’s struggle to fulfill his commitment to bolster the economy, a central pillar of his agenda since assuming office in October 2022.

    Sunak’s ambitious pledges upon taking office included economic growth, debt reduction, inflation mitigation, healthcare improvements, and addressing English Channel migration. However, with the economy faltering and inflation still a concern, achieving these goals has proven elusive.

    While the Bank of England’s efforts to curb inflation may have contributed to the economic slowdown, the timing of this downturn presents additional challenges for Sunak. The announcement coincides with parliamentary by-elections in England, testing the strength of the opposition Labour Party and highlighting the government’s performance in voters’ eyes.

    Ruth Gregory, Deputy Chief UK Economist at Capital Economics, commented on the situation, noting that while the recession is a setback for Sunak, it appears to be mild and may already be nearing its end based on timely indicators.

    However, the milestone places added pressure on the Bank of England to expedite potential rate cuts, a move already anticipated by investors by August. BOE Governor Andrew Bailey has downplayed the significance of the recession, citing early 2024 survey data suggesting signs of improvement. Nonetheless, the unexpected downturn underscores the challenges facing both the government and central bank in navigating the UK’s economic recovery.

    Financial markets reacted to the news, with UK bonds climbing for a second day and money markets adjusting expectations for monetary policy easing. The pound also experienced a decline against the dollar, reflecting investor concerns amidst the economic uncertainty.

    As the UK grapples with the realities of recession, attention turns to policymakers’ responses and the effectiveness of measures aimed at revitalizing the economy and restoring confidence in the government’s economic stewardship.

    Sources By Agencies

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