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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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School spending per pupil is highest in Scotland and lowest in Northern Ireland, and recent trends have been heavily shaped by (often delayed) decisions on teacher pay and pensions.
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Earlier this week, markets reacted to comments by the governor of the Bank of England by bringing forward their expectations of when interest rates will rise.
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The food we eat and the way it is produced impacts not only our health and lifestyles, but also our carbon footprints. We explore these issues with Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of the restaurant chain Leon and leader of the National Food Strategy report, and IFS Associate Director Kate Smith.
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The UK’s public finances deteriorated by more than most other countries’ through COVID. Borrowing, but not debt, is forecast to fall more quickly.


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Upcoming event
Date 28 - 29 October 2021 | 01:00 - 09:00
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The ADBI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) are bringing together leading researchers to present their cutting edge empirical research on sanitation and development over the course of this two-day conference.
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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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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.
The IFS Green Budget is released today, looking at the opportunities and challenges facing the Chancellor in his autumn budget.
"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.
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.