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Ending austerity means increasing taxes or deficit, warns thinktank

Philip Hammond in Rome

Philip Hammond will have to rip up the government’s deficit reduction plan or increase taxes for most of the population if he decides to end seven years of austerity by sanctioning higher public sector pay, reversing welfare cuts and providing extra cash for Whitehall departments, a thinktank has said.

Top Tories in revolt against May over public spending

Theresa May, speaking at the Girl Summit

Theresa May is facing a chorus of Tory demands for a radical overhaul of state funding for public services as cabinet ministers and senior Conservative MPs back higher pay for millions of NHS workers, more cash for schools and a “national debate” on student debt.

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