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The future of Britain’s fiscal watchdog

What lies ahead for Robert Chote’s successor under a new chancellor?

By Paul Wallace  

Chote's successor has big shoes to gill. Photo: OBR

Robert Chote and the Office for Budget Responsibility have been virtually synonymous in its decade-long life. But before long the OBR’s chairman will be moving on—his second five-year term ends this October—and the Treasury is looking for someone to replace him. That decision will now be taken by Rishi Sunak rather than Sajid Javid, following Boris Johnson’s ruthless power grab over the Treasury. So what lies ahead for the fiscal monitor under its new chair and a chancellor who has…

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