Robert Chote

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And now a porkie from Labour: spending is not (really) heading back to 1930s levels

4 January 2015 9:31

Another day, another poster – and this time, it’s Labour stretching the truth. The above is the same trick as George Osborne was playing with the deficit. The reader is… Continue reading

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Budget 2014: what Osborne didn’t tell us about the crunch to come

23 March 2014 20:32

Getting to the truth of a Budget is far easier under George Osborne’s new system. His creation, the Office for Budget Responsibility, now writes its own report  (pdf here) and it’s… Continue reading

Love is in the air at the Treasury as the nights draw in. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Mr and Mrs Treasury

30 October 2013 15:01

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Treasury. HMT has today announced the appointment of Sharon White, the current Director General over at Horseguards, as Second Permanent Secretary. Who she? Well, she’s… Continue reading

Robert Chote (L) of the OBR.

We’ve shown forecasts are unreliable, jokes OBR chief

11 December 2012 13:34

‘We’ve done quite a good job at demonstrating the limitations of economic forecasting,’ half-joked Office for Budget Responsibility Chairman Robert Chote at the start of his Treasury Select Committee appearance… Continue reading

Osborne's pace has been affected by the OBR's negative forecasting. Photo: Getty Images.

With friends like the OBR, George Osborne hardly needs enemies

29 August 2012 13:55

The Office of Budget Responsibility was created to be George Osborne’s friend. The theory was that under the leadership of Sir Alan Budd, the OBR would urge the Chancellor to… Continue reading


The OBR warns of a fiscal storm

13 July 2011 16:09

The Office for Budget Responsibility’s 126-page Fiscal Sustainability Report really oughtn’t make for electrifying reading. But it does. What Robert Chote and his gang of number-crunchers have done is to… Continue reading


The Tory response to Osborne’s Spending Review

20 October 2010 19:41

George Osborne was well received by the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers when he addressed them on the spending review earlier. There was much thumping of desks, the traditional sign… Continue reading


OBR Watch

3 October 2010 20:19

When Sir Alan Budd was head of the Office for Budget Responsibility, there was an insistent argument in opposition circles that the independent body was biased in favour of the… Continue reading


Robert Chote is the new head of the OBR

9 September 2010 12:38

Now this should dispel any worries that the Office for Budget Responsibility is partisan in the government’s favour. Robert Chote, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and scourge of… Continue reading


Five lessons for the coalition from today

25 August 2010 21:06

The coalition has had a bad day today. It has been knocked all over the park following the IFS report that labeled the Budget regressive. Now, I’m sure the coalition… Continue reading


Hard going for the government

13 July 2010 13:45

A tough morning for the government at the hands of Tyrie, Fallon and rest of the Treasury Select Committee. Sir Alan Budd apologised for his naivety, Robert Chote described the… Continue reading


Send for Chote

10 July 2010 10:10

And so it continues. The FT reports that Sir Alan Budd has denied that George Osborne cooked the OBR’s job loss forecasts. ‘It was genuinely a forecasting correction with no… Continue reading