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UK Covid live: Keir Starmer outlines vision for Britain's coronavirus recovery

Latest updates: Labour leader’s speech to outline vision for economic recovery from Covid crisis; chancellor’s budget to provide fresh rescue package

11.25am GMT

“That is why a labour budget would protect families. We would not cut the £20 uplift in universal credit… we would provide local councils with the funding they need to prevent huge rises in council tax.”

Starmer said that a labour budget would extend and update the furlough scheme, stating: “ I think that Covid has shifted the axis on economic policy both of what is necessary and what is possible of change. The age in which the government did little but collect and distribute revenue is over.”

11.21am GMT

“All we can expect from this government is more of the same – a roadmap to yesterday, another decade of insecurity and inequality. Labour would choose a different path – a path that is focused on the long term, that tackles inequality, invests in the future and builds a more secure and prosperous economy.”

“This is no time for a second wave of austerity,” he continued.

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