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Only 6 percent of UK public want a return to pre-pandemic economy according to new poll

This is according to a poll which sees only 6 per cent of the public wanting the economy to go back how it used to be.

It’s come about as trade unions, business groups and religious and civic leaders unite in calling for a fairer financial recovery.

Around 350 influential figures are wanting a “fairer and greener” economic rebuilding, as Britain starts to ease out of lockdown.

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Some of these include the former head of the civil service Bob Kerslake, the former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the heads of the Trades Union Congress, Confederation of British Industry and the British Chambers of Commerce

They all believe there is no going back to the past.

The reason for being so vocal is down to the fact a recent YouGov poll has shown that 31 per cent of people want to see big changes in the way the economy is run coming out of the crisis.

Furthermore, 28 per cent are wanting to see moderate changes and only 6 per cent of people want to see no changes.

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It also showed 44 per cent of people were pessimistic when they thought about the future of the economy, while only 27 per cent were optimistic.

Forty-nine percent thought the crisis had made inequality worse.

Lord Kerslake, Labour Peer said: “As the country begins to emerge from the crisis, it is becoming clear that people want a better future, not simply to return to where we were before.”

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“As with big crises in the past – from wars to the Great Depression – it was universally agreed that there was no going back.”

“And so we have to ask deep questions about what kind of society and economy we now want to build.”

“The moment we are in is a challenge to us all: to governments, businesses, civil society and citizens. But it is a challenge to which, together, we can rise and build something better.”

The research, commissioned by the New Economics Foundation, was released at the launch of their “Build Back Better” campaign.

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Other signatories include:

David Walker, the bishop of Manchester
Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the bishop of Dover
Senior rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner

The heads of Oxfam, Shelter, Save the Children, the Trussell Trust, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. Frances Morris, director of the Tate Modern, has also signed up in a personal capacity.

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It’s a campaign which is also calling for more funding for the NHS, Social as well as tackling inequality and creating good jobs, in particular, for young people.

Whilst reducing the risk of future pandemics and climate emergencies.

Miatta Fahnbulleh, chief executive of the New Economics Foundation, said: “The crisis has revealed a number of harsh truths – that our health and social care services had been under-resourced, and that longstanding inequalities have left too many people vulnerable.

But we have seen what can be achieved when we are faced with a crisis – the government can spend wisely, at speed and at scale.”

It comes as the Labour party leader, Keir Starmer, directly challenged the prime minister on his pledge to spend billions on the country’s economic recovery, considering the scale of “inaction and broken promises” in the last 10 years of Conservative power.

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