Author: Jane Thomas

Blog: Why don’t we just… make sure economic growth benefits everyone?

by Jane Thomas

In the recent Budget, the Chancellor acknowledged that too many families are still feeling the squeeze, almost a decade on from the financial crash. Theresa May and Philip Hammond have both promoted the goal of inclusive economic growth or an “economy that delivers for everyone” yet there is no [...]

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