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Governments Stoked Global Inequality Since Pandemic, Study Finds

  • Some 96% of countries analyzed cut or froze taxes on the rich
  • Findings come as UK government faces backlash against plans

Governments across the world chose policies that deepened economic inequality after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research. 

Analysis by the nonprofits Oxfam and Development Finance International found that of the 161 countries surveyed, almost all either froze or lowered taxes on their richest citizens, while close to half slashed the share of their budgets that went toward social measures between 2020 and 2022.