Commenting on the OBR’s major net migration number revision UKIP’s Migration and Financial Affairs spokesman, Steven Woolfe said:
“Far from being an arcane point about economic forecasting, this revision is an admission by the OBR that the net migration numbers that they have been using throughout this parliament have been grossly underestimated. They, like the rest of the country, have been sucker punched by the prime minister’s promise that he would cut UK net migration to ‘tens of thousands’.
“The first thing that the Chancellor did when he rose to his feet on Budget day was to praise the OBR’s work. They might do good work in some areas but when it comes assessing the fiscal effects of migration on our national accounts or on the effectiveness of public spending on UK infrastructure projects and public services the OBR’s work is not fit for purpose.
“It’s staggering that even when the trend is that immigration into the UK is rising rapidly, it is still the OBR’s official view that the ‘decline in net migration is not so steep’! This stance is both counterproductive, self-deceiving and makes accurate economic forecasting impossible.
“Knowing a nation’s demography is essential to any government. Therefore, it is incumbent on all of us to ensure that the body that the government has set up to ensure budgetary responsibility, is itself responsible by taking a more critical view of how it conducts its affairs.”
Notes to editors:
“The UK's net migration estimates have been revised up by 57 per cent”
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