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Memo to Brown from the OECD

Available in full here.

"The budget deficit remains large, and slower growth in government expenditure will be required over the coming years, as well as more effort to ensure good value for money in public spending"

"Incentives to join the workforce and to progress in work should be improved for certain groups such as second-income earners, lone parents, and incapacity beneficiaries. This may require reducing marginal effective tax rates and providing greater access to child-care support. A slower rise in the minimum wage may also improve the employment prospects of the low-skilled".

"Tax competitiveness should be improved by continuing to broaden the corporate tax base while cutting the rate. The corporate tax system should be simplified and there may be room to shift taxation to less mobile sources".

More later, possibly.

(Ahem, headline typo fixed)

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Blogger Tony said... 2:25 pm

I wonder if we will see another Macavity act from Brown and silence or incomprehensible bluster from Darling? Watch for a big announcement to draw media attention away from this.  



Blogger Mountjoy said... 2:36 pm

This just proves that the notion that Labour is "economically competent" is a complete fallacy. Britons voting for Brown would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.  



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