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The government should focus on keeping people in work rather than cutting borrowing and paying back debt, Labour’s shadow chancellor has said.

Anneliese Dodds said raising taxes to cover debt repayments should be “some way off”, thanks to low interest rates.

The UK is forecast to break peacetime records for borrowing as it tries to deal with impact of coronavirus,

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has yet to set out how the government plans to repay the country’s debts.

He did introduce a public sector pay freeze and changes that are likely to lead to an increase in council tax bills in last week’s Spending Review.

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