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Budget 2023: will it lift Britain’s economic gloom? Our panel give their verdict | Polly Toynbee and others

Jeremy Hunt has announced reforms to childcare, pensions and disability benefits. What do they mean for the economy?

“Are you and your family better off than you were 13 years ago?” Ask yourself this, Labour says, echoing Ronald Reagan. Of course not. Living standards will fall and every public service will continue to decay. The government can expect few thanks for preventing another monster rise in energy bills, when people are still paying twice as much as a year ago. Headlines on falling inflation will impress few when voters find prices don’t fall, but keep climbing. “You could have been even worse off” is not much of a slogan.

Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist

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