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The chancellor faced a lot of challenges with his Spending Review, especially if unemployment does reach 7.5% by the middle of next year. We are in an emergency economic situation, but we also need to know the causes predate the pandemic and consider what needs to be done to fix them. The government cannot now lose sight of the long term, and need to make sure they get the political, social and economic reward that would come from remembering the promise to build back better – and doing so with social homes. As the chancellor himself said, ‘For many people, the most powerful barometer of economic success is the change they see and how proud they feel in the places they call home.’ And... Full story

26 November