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Budget 2015: wellbeing rhetoric hides the truth

Osborne is talking about the long-neglected topic of wellbeing, but his policy needs to match his words

By James Zuccollo  

Have Osborne's cuts helped Britain's wellbeing? © HOWARD JONES/NEWZULU/PA Images

In 2010 David Cameron promised to “start measuring our progress as a country, not just by how our economy is growing, but by how our lives are improving.” Unfortunately, as dealing with the deficit became the defining mission of his Government, that promise seemed to fall by the wayside. This week, in George Osborne’s Budget speech, we glimpsed its return.

Trumpeting rising living standards in the UK, Osborne referred not…

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