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2 February 2023

Inequality and the benefits system

At this online event on February 2nd from 11:00 to 12:15, we present and discuss findings from a major new work on benefits.

We recommend watching this event on Slido by clicking here, where you can also ask questions to the panel.

Slides from the event:

The benefits system is a fundamental part of our welfare state, supporting millions of households at any given moment, and helping many of us through periods of low income or high need. Our society would look very different without it. And as the challenges facing our economy and society evolve, so do the requirements, effects and priorities of the benefits system.

At this online event, as part of the IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities funded by the Nuffield Foundation, we present and discuss findings from major new work on the topic. Questions addressed will include: How has the UK benefits system changed over the past few decades? Why has it changed in this way, and how does it compare to other countries? What are its effects on poverty and inequality, employment, hours worked and wages, and the experiences of those who use the system?

The event will be chaired by Paul Johnson, and will feature talks from:

  • Robert Joyce, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Ruth Patrick, University of York
  • Nicholas Timmins, The Institute for Government and The King’s Fund

Register to attend