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Please sir, can I have more?

On the 25th of November 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer decided that, in the public sector, there would be no increase at all for many and a real-terms pay-cut for millions more in 2021.

Should you visit your family this Christmas? Three experts weigh in

For the third of society who live within a few miles of their parents, not seeing relatives at Christmas will make little sense if you see them most weeks anyway.

Letter: Social infrastructure is also vital to recovery plan

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak plans to set up a national infrastructure bank to “channel billions of pounds into capital projects”

Why is COVID-19 more severe in the north of England? The story in four graphs

An article published in the Conversation, 2 December 2020

Want to understand the Covid map? Look at where we live and how we work

It’s social, not medical, science that tells us most about the disparate spread of this pandemic.

The unprecedented rise of mortality across poorer parts of the UK

Danny Dorling discusses recent findings from a major study of mortality across UK countries and cities, and highlights unprecedented worsening mortality among the UK’s poorest communities:

Past pandemics, fear, dread and hope

In 1890, when he was still at school in Harrow, Winston Churchill wrote a poem

Afterword

As Eva Gómez-Jiménez and Michael Toolan explain in the Introduction to this book, high economic inequality has,

Is the cure worse than the disease? The most divisive question of 2020

In 1968, at the height of the last great influenza pandemic, at least a million people worldwide died

How many more will be dead by Christmas?

In the week after the schools went back in England and Wales, an extra 538 people died (77 a day).

Why are coronavirus rates rising in some areas of England and not others?

Growing alarm has been expressed over the rising numbers of people who are testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK.

Everything, almost everywhere, is slowing down

Long before the 2020 pandemic swept the world, almost everything was already slowing down.

Coronavirus: why aren’t death rates rising with case numbers?

It is a conundrum. For much of the past two months, many people have been convinced that mortality associated with COVID-19 would rise as the number of people testing positive with the disease increased. But this has not happened so far.

Slowing Down: Has this Been the Worst Pandemic in Britain in Living Memory?

If you are a little older than I am, then you may well remember worse pandemics than that of 2020.

COVID-19: The rise in destitution and inequality in the UK

On July 8th 2020 the Treasury released a document titled “Impact of COVID-19 on working household incomes: distributional analysis as of May 2020”.