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In this Insights In Focus episode, we analyse the health of the UK economy through the lens of the Prime Minister’s pledges for 2023.

Back in January, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made five pledges for the year ahead. Three of those related to indicators of economic and fiscal health: halving inflation, stimulating growth, and reducing the national debt. With 2024 rapidly approaching, how is the Prime Minister faring in meeting his goals?

Host Philippa Lamb is again joined by Iain Wright, Managing Director, Reputation and Influence, at ICAEW, and Frances Haque, Chief Economist at Santander UK, to discuss the key issues.


Read the full transcript of this episode here



Philippa Lamb


  • Iain Wright, Managing Director, Reputation and Influence, ICAEW
  • Frances Haque, Chief Economist, Santander UK


Natalie Chisholm

Episode first published: 1 September 2023
Podcast recorded: 29 August 2023

All views expressed on this podcast are those of the contributors and don’t necessarily reflect those of ICAEW or its members.