Budget 2021: experts react

  • Jonquil Lowe
  • Alexander Tziamalis
  • Andrew Cumbers
  • Despina Alexiadou
  • Ernestine Gheyoh Ndzi
  • Felix FitzRoy
  • Jonny Munby
  • Karl Schmedders
  • Lisa Scullion
  • Mark Williams
  • Michael Jacobs
  • Phil Tomlinson
  • Suzanne Withrington
  • W McCausland

Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'


Despina Alexiadou, Senior Lecturer at the School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde

This budget steers the future of the country still further towards a liberal market economy like the US, and away from the social European model. With the creation of freeports, deregulation of the City, visa reforms to attract international talent, and an absence of any long-term commitment to higher funding in health or education, the UK is on course for even greater inequality.

Plans to help communities buy local pubs or sports centres are not serious measures for levelling up. And funding for apprenticeships are primarily helpful to employers rather than the long-term unemployed. Even a rise in corporation tax to 25% from April 2023 will not address rising inequalities. As the chancellor himself said, this will still be the lowest rate in the G7.

Period3 Mar 2021

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  • TitleBudget 2021: experts react
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Conversation
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    PersonsJonquil Lowe, Alexander Tziamalis, Andrew Cumbers, Despina Alexiadou, Ernestine Gheyoh Ndzi, Felix FitzRoy, Jonny Munby, Karl Schmedders, Lisa Scullion, Mark Williams, Michael Jacobs, Phil Tomlinson, Suzanne Withrington, W McCausland