Watchdog chief slams Cameron claims

Robert ChoteThe head of the independent fiscal watchdog has rebuked David Cameron for misrepresenting its position on the impact of austerity measures.

Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) chairman Robert Chote wrote to the Prime Minister to dispute claims made in a high-profile speech on Thursday.

Mr Cameron said the OBR was "absolutely clear that the deficit reduction plan is not responsible" for depressed growth - "in fact, quite the opposite".

But Mr Chote insisted that it in fact believed there was a short-term effect and that "fiscal consolidation measures have reduced economic growth over the past couple of years".
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