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It will spend a further 55bn next year as part of a package of measures to support the recovery. This includes billions of pounds to help people find jobs.

The relaxation of rules for mixing is cut from five days to Christmas Day in England, Scotland and Wales – and scrapped completely for much of south-east England.

[Civil servants] have spearheaded the response to the pandemic and worked tirelessly to deliver Brexit. Weve stepped up and delivered… and Id like to be recognised for that.

It saidextending these schemes to next Marchmeant 300,000 fewer people would be out of work.

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Robert, a 25-year-old civil servant and representative for the PCS Union, saidhe was deeply disappointed.

It said failure to secure a deal would reduce the size of the UK economy by a further 2% in 2021, with permanent damage to growth and living standards in future years.

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However, the end of the tax break is expected to contribute to a 3.5% fall in house prices next year and a further 2.6% drop in 2022.

Andmillions of retirees will see the future value of their pension cutowing to a planned change in the way payments are calculated from 2030.

But itll take longer for economic life to spring back to rude health. Reviving job prospects, investment and consumption will take TLC. Even when the official crystal ball gets misty, in 2025, output is still 3% lower than it was previously expected to be.

The OBR said the coronavirus pandemic had delivered the largest peacetime shock to the global economy on record, while recent restrictions across the UK had taken the wind out of an already flagging recovery.

Rishi Sunak has to decide when to turn off the support to the convalescing economy – and when to start patching up the public finances by firing up tax rises. The extreme uncertainty underlines how fraught – and costly – that decision could be.

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Setting out his Spending Review detailing how much would be spent on public services, Mr Sunak said the government was dealing with an economic emergency.

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TheUK also ditched its policy of spending 0.7% of national incomeon overseas aid to help deal with the coronavirus crisis at home.

The OBR added: Despite a steady recovery from 2022 onwards, the level of house prices remains around 17% lower (in 2025) compared to our March forecast.

At the moment it pays just 0.32% interest to borrow for ten years.

The shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, criticised the pay freeze.

The OBR expects a recent revival in the market to end next year when astamp duty holidaystops in March and more people lose their jobs as government support schemes are pared back.

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It meansthe unemployment rate will hit 7.5%, its highest level since the financial crisis in 2009.

Other rates were also increased. From next April, 16 and 17 year-olds will see their pay go up to 4.62 per hour, from 4.55 today.

In recent years, the government has been able to borrow easily at very low interest rates, which makes its debt more affordable.

It said the UKs later and longer lockdown this spring meant it had experienced a deeper fall and slower recovery in economic activity than some of its European neighbours.

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Mr Sunakconfirmed that around 1.3 million public sector workers – excluding some NHS staff and those earning less than 24,000- will have their pay frozen next year.

Mr Sunak said the government had already spent 280bn to help support the economy through the coronavirus.

The UK is expected to borrow 393.5bn this financial year to help pay for economic relief measures.

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But Mr Sunak said lower-paid public sector workers would be guaranteed at least a 250 pay rise next year.

Borrowing is also forecast by the OBR to remain above 100bn-a-year – or 4% of the size of the UK economy – in five years time.

The governments independent forecaster, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) expects the number of unemployed people to surge to 2.6 million by the middle of next year.

Under this no-deal scenario, the economy would not return to the size it was before the pandemic hit until the second half of 2023, while unemployment would peak at a higher rate of 8.3%.

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