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Expert comment, unemployment rises in over-50s

"Having older workers back in jobs is vital both for their sake and the sake of the public purse. Actions are needed on the demand and supply side of the labour market." Professor Chris Warhurst, Director of the Warwick Institute for Employment Research, comments on analysis from the Resolution Foundation revealing a U-shaped crisis with unemployment rising faster for younger and older workers

Expert comment, highest Government borrowing since 1946

“This level of borrowing was both necessary and the right thing to do." Professor Abhinay Muthoo of Warwick Economics comments on the news that public sector net borrowing has reached 14.5% of gross domestic product (GDP), the highest level since 1946.

Expert comment, retail sales volumes recover

"It is crucial to note that these figures, although very positive, cover the period before the important date of 12 April when non-essential shops and outdoor dining started to open." Dr Sinem Hidir, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, comments on today's retail figures from ONS.

The impact of coronavirus on the Church - expert comment

“I am delighted that many cathedrals and churches will be back open for Easter Sunday. But this will not be business back as usual for a long, long time." The Revd Canon Professor Leslie J Francis, Professor of Religions and Psychology at the University of Warwick, comments on the challenges facing the church as revealed by the Coronavirus, Church and You study.

Chancellor makes the case for the office - expert comment

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP has urged firms not to give up on the office, highlighting the challenges for those new in role of getting to know their peers, picking up the culture of an organisation, or finding mentors if they are working exclusively from home. Dr Erika Kispeter, Senior Research Fellow, Warwick Institute for Employment Research, outlines what research has found on these issues.

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