Lower than approaching borrowing and aloft than likely GDP expansion last year will bring a note of optimism, but Philip Hammond has already suggested it is too early to take his foot off the purgation brake.
At the weekend he said: “There is light at the finish of the tunnel since what we are about to see is debt starting to tumble after it has been flourishing for 17 continual years.
“That is a very critical moment for us but we are still in the tunnel at the moment.”
:: Chancellor wants some-more belt tightening
The Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecasts for the deficit, debt, GDP and capability will form the fortitude of the statement.
Last month the OBR pronounced 2017/18 borrowing would be around £43bn rather than the £49.9bn foresee last November.
Mr Hammond has pronounced he will not use the matter to announce any taxation or spending plans, but Labour has called on him to “end the financial predicament in the open sector”.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: “Our open services are at breaking indicate and many of the internal councils are nearby bankruptcy.
“He needs to listen to the calls from opposite the domestic spectrum – including the Tory legislature personality in his own subdivision – to finish the financial predicament in the open sector.
“Philip Hammond must use currently to act and finish austerity.
“Our country can't means for him to continue to omit the problems confronting operative households in the country.”
Mr Hammond is approaching to pronounce for reduction than half an hour.
His emissary Liz Truss pronounced there would be “no red box, no rabbits out of the shawl and no taxation changes”.