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British Austerity Is ‘Inflicting Unnecessary Misery,’ U.N. Poverty Expert Says – The New York Times

The British government’s policies of austerity are directly linked to a rise in poverty in the United Kingdom, a United Nations expert said in a scathing report on Friday after a two-week fact-finding mission to the country’s poorest districts. Philip Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights, concluded that …