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This was not a Labour-style budget—just look at the consequences for society’s poorest

The headline sums looked promising but this plan will raise inequality

By Andrew Harrop  

The front door of 11 Downing Street, London, from where Chancellor Rishi Sunak will leave before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his Budget.

There is no denying this was a big budget. A year ago, if you had told Philip Hammond that the next government would increase spending by £40bn each year, he would probably have guessed that Labour would be in power.

That is particularly true because Rishi Sunak’s plans are not powered by any new optimism about the health of the economy. Even before taking covid-19 into account, the Office for Budget Responsibility’s projections for…

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