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IMF says UK no longer heading for recession but urges against tax cuts

Jeremy Hunt should squeeze public spending and cut debt, says Washington-based body

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The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its forecasts for UK growth, saying the country will no longer fall into recession this year, but warned the government not to cut taxes as that would fuel inflation and result in high interest rates for longer.

In a message to the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, that he should maintain his planned squeeze on public spending, the Washington-based body said tax policy should stay “aligned with monetary policy in the fight against inflation”.

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