The U.K. economy grew 0.3 percent in the first quarter. The numbers were better-than-expected and Finance Minister George Osborne was quick to point to signs of healing in the economy.
"Today's figures are an encouraging sign the economy is healing," he said.
But take a look at just three charts, which show why the U.K.'s austerity plan is so controversial and why many argue it isn't working.
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Pimco's Bill Gross, billionaire investor George Soros and the International Monetary Fund have all taken shots at the U.K. government's plans of reigning in public spending.
The main criticism is around the impact on GDP, which is forecast to rise just 0.6 percent this year. The chart below from Lombard Street Research compares U.S. and U.K. growth since the financial crisis.