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In this report, we examine the spending patterns of current retirees in the UK.
Electric Car
The Treasury is set to lose billions of pounds in tax revenue from motorists as they shift to electric vehicles. This episode looks at the implications, and options for the government to recoup this.
As poorest households spend more of their total budget on gas and electricity, we now see inflation hitting the poorest households harder.
"For all the talk about labour shortages driving up low pay, the legacy of the pandemic may be greater earnings inequality."

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Today's event
Date 19 May 2022 | 10:00 - 11:00
Location Online only
Availablity Places available
At this online event, IFS researchers will present the findings of new research on the spending patterns of current retirees, including how spending on different categories of goods and services changes with age, how this relates to levels of income and saving among retirees, and how these patterns differ between different types of household.

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The government is restarting ‘managed migration’, the process under which those still receiving legacy benefits or tax credits move to universal credit.
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Top earners in finance have seen a sharp rise in pay in recent months, pushing up pay inequality in a reversal of pre-pandemic trends.
Paul speaks to Ben Waltmann and Ivor Crewe to understand recent reforms to the student loans system and think about how students, taxpayers and universities will be affected.
We consider who would be affected by each of the proposed MERs, and then assess whether the introduction of a minimum eligibility requirement is likely to achieve the government’s stated aim of ensuring that ‘students undertaking degree study have attained the baseline skills required to engage with and benefit from the course’.
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