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Budget 2021: the floppy-V-shaped recovery

Looking graphically at actual and forecast GDP makes it clear why some speak of a 'V-shaped recovery'. But even the fairly bullish assumptions reveal a recovery where the V isn’t really sharp enough.
Over 90% of local authorities in England experienced more deaths than expected between 2010-11 and 2017-18. Alan Novelli/Alamy

Pre-COVID-19 death rates should be a warning for the UK government if it wants to build back better

Hundreds of thousands more people died between 2010-11 and 2017-18 than anticipated. Austerity could have something to do with it

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