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The United Kingdom has one of the highest rates of obesity: nearly one in three adults are obese. As a result, people in the United Kingdom live on average 2.7 years less due to overweight. Overweight accounts for 8.4% of health expenditure; and lowers labour market outputs by the equivalent of 944 thousand full time workers per year. Combined, this means that overweight reduces United Kingdom’s GDP by 3.4%.
Fifty years ago, the world watched in awe as the first humans landed on the moon. This remains one of the greatest feats of science, technology and innovation, and is a testament to the incredible power of human ingenuity, intelligence and courage.
It is a pleasure to be here at the 73rd Congress of the International Fiscal Association among so many dedicated and passionate tax practitioners.
Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in London on 8-9 September 2019 where he will deliver a Keynote Speech at the Opening of the Annual International Fiscal Association Congress.
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The United Kingdom is one of the OECD countries that have experienced the fastest growth in ICT use in the workplace over the past two decades. Despite this, jobs in the United Kingdom are at a lower risk of automation than the OECD average.
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The tax wedge for the average single worker in the United Kingdom decreased by 0.1 percentage points from 31.0 in 2017 to 30.9 in 2018. The OECD average tax wedge in 2018 was 36.1 (2017, 36.2).
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This country fact-sheet presents key figures from "Under Pressure: The Squeezed Middle Class". This report analyses the trends of middle-income households in areas such as employment, consumption, wealth and debt, as well as perceptions and social attitudes. It also includes recommendations for protecting middle-class living standards and financial security in the face of economic challenges.
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This country highlight puts the spotlight on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people: their numbers, their economic situation and well-being and policies to improve LGBT inclusivity. It also includes a special chapter on people’s perceptions of social and economic risks and presents a selection of social indicators.