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Our goal at the Institute for Fiscal Studies is to promote effective economic and social policies by better understanding how policies affect individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances.
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Press reports suggest that the Chancellor is planning an overhaul of the UK’s system of alcohol duties. The current system, which raises about £12 billion a year, is certainly ripe for reform.
We discuss the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Chancellor aims to secure a lasting recovery and deliver on the government’s other objectives and priorities.
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The IFS Green Budget is released today, looking at the opportunities and challenges facing the Chancellor in his autumn budget.
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"Both government funding decisions over the past decade and the structure of council tax have worked against “levelling up”." Paul Johnson in The Times on local government funding.

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Date 21 October 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30
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The UK is committed to reducing net greenhouse gas emissions that arise from UK-based activities to zero by 2050. Achieving these targets will require large shifts away from emissions-intensive activity from both consumers and producers.
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Date 28 October 2021 | 10:15 - 11:45
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to announce his Autumn 2021 Budget and Spending Review on Wednesday 27 October. IFS researchers will present their initial analysis of the Chancellor's announcements on the public finances, spending on public services, and the tax and the benefit system on the following day.
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Date 01 November 2021 | 16:00 - 17:00
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Why should people save for retirement and why do governments intervene in people's pension saving decisions? How has the UK pension system changed over time? This lecture will discuss key themes around pension saving, specifically discussing the UK policy context.

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In light of calls to remove charitable status from private schools, we show that the gap between private school fees and state school spending per pupil has more than doubled over the last decade.
We examine what’s happened and what’s next for councils in England and Wales, focusing on the short-term financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the medium-term financial outlook, and planned and potential financial and service reforms over the next few years.
What is happening in the labour market? Which sectors are facing the biggest challenges? What can policy-makers do to help?
October 5th is the deadline for big companies to report their gender pay gaps. Our research suggests that part of the pay gap may result from differing course choice at university.
We set out the progress the UK has made so far in achieving net zero, before turning to look in detail at the incentives created by policy in four key sectors: energy, aviation, transport fuels and waste management.
As the furlough scheme comes to an end, a number of labour market challenges remain. We examine these challenges in detail and draw out key lessons for policymakers.