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A term often featured in discussions around the state of the economy is ‘economically inactive’.
This rather dismissive term is used to refer to people who are neither employed nor actively seeking employment. They may be raising children, studying, caring for a sick relative, or just generally making the world a better place in their own unique way, but if they’re not a cog in the economic machine, they count for very little in the minds of many politicians and economists.
George Osborne's latest budget has reconfirmed Britain's prolonged collapse in economic activity, as he thrashes around for supply-side "solutions".