From the TUC

Recession Risk: One in Three

29 Nov 2011, by Guest in Economics

George Osborne sounded very clear in his statement:

The central forecast we publish today from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility does not predict a recession here in Britain.

Which is factually true – the OBR’s central forecast is that Britain will avoid an actual recession and just experience extremely weak growth. But a casual listener to the Chancellor’s speech might assume that the OBR had entirely ruled out the possibly of a double dip. Far from it, as this chart demonstrates:

As they make very clear there is a ‘roughly one- in-three chance that the economy will shrink between 2012 and 2013”.

Let’s hope their central forecast turns out to right but as the chart makes clear – there is still a lot of risk around their (already awful) central forecast.