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Some 1.3 million people will fall into absolute poverty over the next year because Foreign Minister Rishi Sunak failed to provide more aid to low-income families yesterday, according to a new analysis in Wednesday’s spring statement.

the Resolution Foundation has reported that Sunak yesterday delivered a “big but misfocused policy package” that failed to support families hardest hit by the cost-of-living crisis.

That means absolute poverty is expected to increase by 1.3 million people next year. – including 500,000 children – the first time Britain has seen such a rise outside of recessions, says Resolution.

In a sobering analysis, Resolution explains that household income is projected to fall by 2 per cent across parliament, making this parliament the worst standard of living on record.

Typical working-age household income will fall 4 per cent in real terms next year (2022-23), a loss of £1,100.

The poorest quarter of households suffer the most: their income will fall by 6%, after the chancellor resisted updating benefit payments by more than the forecast 3.1%, which means a drop in terms real.

Adam Bienkov
(@AdamBienkov)

Rishi Sunak said yesterday that he was rewarding work and protecting the underprivileged.

A new analysis by the Resolution Foundation finds that:

– 1.3 million people will be forced to live in absolute poverty next year
– Typical households will lose £1,100
– 7 out of 8 workers will pay more taxes


March 24, 2022

torsten bell, executive director of the resolution Foundation, says the policies announced yesterday do not match the Chancellor’s rhetoric.


The decision not to target support to those most affected by rising prices will leave low- and middle-income households painfully exposed, with 1.3 million people, including half a million children, falling below the threshold of poverty next year.

“And despite the eye-catching 1p cut in income tax, the reality is that the Chancellor’s tax changes mean that seven out of eight workers will see their tax bills rise. Those tax increases mean the chancellor can target quick fiscal consolidation and a significant margin against his fiscal rules.

“The big picture is that Rishi Sunak has prioritized rebuilding its tax-reduction credentials over supporting low- to middle-income households who will bear the brunt of cost-of-living increases, while also maintaining fiscal flexibility in the coming years. It remains to be seen whether that will be sustainable in the face of huge revenue drops to come.”

Resolution Foundation
(@resfoundation)

NEW RF analysis of #DeclarationOfSpring2022 – The scale and distribution of the cost of living reduction means that 1.3 million more people will fall into absolute poverty next year, including 500,000 children, the first time Britain has seen such an increase outside of the recessions. pic.twitter.com/GLgleJtbeF


March 24, 2022

Only one in eight workers will see their tax bills fall at the end of parliament, Resolution reports, despite Sunak’s decision to raise the National Insurance threshold by £3,000 in July:

resolution says:


Taking into account all the changes to income tax thresholds and rates announced by Rishi Sunak, only those earning between £49,100 and £50,300 will pay less income tax in 2024-25, and only those earning between £11,000 and £13,500 will pay less taxes and national taxes. Insurance (NI). Of the 31 million people with work, around 27 million (seven out of eight workers) will pay more in IRPF and NI in 2024-25.

Yesterday, the Office for Budget Responsibility warned that UK living standards are headed for a historic drop, with the tax burden headed for a 70-year high and inflation likely to exceed 7% on average this year.

Office of Budget Responsibility
(@OBR_UK)

The tax burden will continue to rise from 33.0% in 2019-20 to 36.3% of GDP in 2026-27, its highest level since the 1940s.

NIC and IT outages today #DeclarationSpring reverse 1/6 of the total tax increases this Chancellor has announced since he took office. pic.twitter.com/N1mY7l92t4


March 23, 2022

Sunak accrued most of the windfall in public finances from higher tax revenues and lower-than-expected loans, a move that could create firepower for a pre-election giveaway in 2024.

But dark economic times are ahead. Last night, Sunak was challenged on LBC Radio by a single mother who told the chancellor that she cannot pay to heat her house and she has had to take two extra jobs,

Hezel, a single mother, said she had a good salary “on paper” but rising costs had put “intense strain” on her ability to support her children.

It also comes out today

MPs from the Trade and Transport committee are holding a hearing on the shocking sacking of 800 workers by P&O Ferries last week. It starts at 9:30 a.m. with Peter HebblethwaiteCEO of P&O Ferries, and Jesper Kristensen, Group Operations Director, Marine Services, DP World, until 11am

Yesterday, Boris Johnson said that it appears that P&O Ferries broke the law when suddenly laid off 800 workersand that the government would take legal action.

Surveys of UK and eurozone business purchasing managers are expected to show a slowdown this month as rising energy prices and the war in Ukraine batter the economy.

moscow stock market is to partially reopen today for a shorter session, after a nearly month-long close after shares plunged as the Ukraine invasion began.

Various measures will be put in place to limit the pace of a new sell-off, as Bloomberg explains:


When trading resumes at 9:50 a.m. in Moscow on Thursday for a shortened four-hour session, only 33 stocks will be active, including some of the country’s largest companies such as Gazprom PJSC and Sberbank PJSC.

However, foreigners will not be allowed to sell shares in a ban scheduled to last until April 1, and short sales will not be permitted.

anthony barton
(@ABartonMacro)

🇷🇺⚠️ The Russian stock market will partially reopen on Thursday, ending the nation’s record shutdown, with several measures put in place aimed at limiting a renewed sell-off. Trading resumes at 9:50 a.m. in Moscow for a shortened four-hour session – BBG https://t.co/USd3rQReHB


March 24, 2022

The agenda

  • 9am GMT: Economic bulletin from the European Central Bank
  • 9 am GMT: Eurozone manufacturing and services companies flash PMI survey for March
  • 9:30am GMT: UK PMI flash survey of manufacturing and services companies for March
  • 9:30 a.m. GMT-12:30 p.m. GMT: Transport and business committees hearing on P&O Ferries layoffs
  • 10:15 GMT: IFS briefing on the spring declaration

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