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Cash-strapped councils must sell off town halls and public toilets, warns minister
Two councils risk government intervention if they fail to outline plans to balance their books within 30 days

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

02, Nov, 2021 @9:14 PM

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Rishi Sunak may have called off austerity, but the Tories will never reverse it
The budget was meant to make us feel good. Give it a closer look, though, and the pledges ring hollow, says Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty

Aditya Chakrabortty

28, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Johnsonism wins budget battle but will Sunakism win the war?
Analysis: chancellor left with little choice but to go PM’s way, though one passage of his speech was telling

Heather Stewart Political editor

27, Oct, 2021 @5:05 PM

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‘Balancing the books’ look goods on paper, Rishi Sunak. But it’s not so pretty on the ground | James Bloodworth
The budget to foot the coronavirus bill will inflict more miseries on the less well-off

James Bloodworth

24, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Reforming Lawson or austerity Osborne: how will Sunak’s budget go?
A chancellor bent on trimming the deficit will face opposition from MPs, business and more this week

Phillip Inman

23, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Austerity deaths were foreseeable and foreseen | Letters
Letters: Readers respond to a report revealing the highly predicable consequences of savage public service cuts over many years, and the effects of widening inequality


17, Oct, 2021 @4:49 PM

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Tory austerity caused misery – and now they want to make it worse | Polly Toynbee
Even though the human cost of a cruel policy has been confirmed, expect another turn of the screw next week, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

15, Oct, 2021 @2:16 PM

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Austerity in England linked to more than 50,000 extra deaths in five years
Researchers looked at 2010-2015 when Cameron cuts to NHS and social care were starting to bite

Andrew Gregory Health editor

14, Oct, 2021 @10:30 PM

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The Guardian view on austerity: get ready for its return | Editorial
Editorial: Rishi Sunak plans painful cuts to local councils, further education and prisons. It’s bad economics, and even worse politics


13, Oct, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Austerity is a living hell. How can anyone describe it as character-building?
The right has entered a new phase of moral delinquency, in which they acknowledge the suffering of others - then explain why it’s good for them, actually

Zoe Williams

11, Oct, 2021 @3:11 PM

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The deception that is ‘levelling up’ | Letters
Boris Johnson’s slogan is so much hot air: ordinary, working people are still paying for the financial crash of 2008

10, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Western economies can’t return to ‘business as usual’ after the pandemic | Michael Jacobs
Today’s challenges demand radical action. The old orthodoxy of free markets and hands-off government won’t cut it, says political economist Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs

31, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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