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IFS issues frequent press releases and observations and features regularly in online, broadcast and printed media. Staff also write and contribute to news articles.

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Observation
In most of our analysis of education spending, we focus on spending in England to ensure comparability. In this observation, we expand our analysis to show the level and changes to school spending per pupil across the four nations of the UK.
Press release
In the current year (2021–22), core school spending per pupil is expected to be highest in Scotland (over £7,500), similar levels in England (£6,700) and Wales (£6,600), and lowest in Northern Ireland (£6,400).
Observation
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. What will this mean for different generations?

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Press release
In the current year (2021–22), core school spending per pupil is expected to be highest in Scotland (over £7,500), similar levels in England (£6,700) and Wales (£6,600), and lowest in Northern Ireland (£6,400).
News
Daniel Prinz, Research Economist and Country Programme Manager for Ethiopia at the IFS and TaxDev, was awarded an honourable mention by the National Tax Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2021.
Press release
Carl Emmerson, Paul Johnson, Benjamin Nabarro, Christian Schulz, Isabel Stockton and Ben Zaranko
This year’s historic, and manifesto-breaking, announcements of tax rises will increase the UK’s tax take to its highest sustained level in peacetime. Spending will settle at 42% of national income, more than 2% above its pre-pandemic level and its highest level in ‘normal times’ since 1985.
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Looking ahead to the forthcoming Spending Review, this Green Budget chapter finds that relying on council tax alone to deal with funding pressures is unlikely to be sustainable.
Press release
Our Green Budget analysis finds that achieving net zero emissions by 2050 will not be easy – the pace of emissions reductions will need to accelerate significantly.
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We find that during the pandemic, Londoners have suffered from higher rates of redundancy, lower rates of re-employment after redundancy and lower growth in vacancies, heightening the risk of longer-term unemployment in the capital.
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Most people say, when prompted, that they are concerned about inequalities. But the degree of concern is highly variable, and the concern is not matched by a consensus about what, if anything, government should do.
News
Today marks the launch of the Latin American and Caribbean Inequality Review