UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt finally revealed his long-awaited autumn statement amid a flurry of news about staggeringly high inflation and recession warnings from the Bank of England. Millions are set to pay more tax as a result of the plan at the same time the Office for Budget Responsibility’s independent analysis of the UK economy is predicting the biggest fall in living standards the UK has ever seen over the next two years.

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