21 charts that the UK's top economists want you to see before you vote in the General Election

We asked some of the UK’s foremost economists in business, finance and academia what they would tell voters ahead of May’s general election, if they could only use one chart.

The general election in May is likely to be one of the most economy-focused ever.

Seven years after the global financial crisis, the UK is now recovering: But the return to growth was slow and some parts of the country are still severely depressed.

The graphs our participants picked cover all sorts of issues, from unemployment and wages to stocks, housing and the government’s fiscal deficit.

Austerity has stalled.

Real wages are still way down.

'Plan A' died a long time ago.

The Bank of England will likely raise rates.

Productivity has been hammered.

Young peoples' wages were hit hardest.

Growth has been worse than under the last government.

The UK is back to work, but productivity is awful.

Home ownership is more skewed to the old.

Household debt is expected to surge.

Companies want to invest.

The US recovery has been much more clear.

The UK is very unequal.

Small firms are desperate to hire.

Growth per person is still very poor.

Interest rates haven't moved since 2009.

Older workers are staying in work.

Low healthcare productivity will send debt climbing.

Tax hikes are probably coming.

Employment has been the UK's star performer.

The pound is indicating concerns about the election result.

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