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Contrary to the common message that retirement saving should start young, there are good reasons why the proportion of earnings set aside for retirement should increase substantially through working life for many people. Many employees experience earnings growth over their lifetimes, and would ...
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IFS researchers will be presenting a summary of their Scottish election analysis at 10am today at an online event in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and funded by the Scottish Policy Foundation. This press release highlights their key conclusions.
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Inheritances have been growing as a share of national income in the UK since the 1970s. That trend looks set to continue: older generations hold more wealth than their predecessors and younger generations have incomes no higher than the generations born just before them. As a result, inheritances ...
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The government has sought to make reforming adult education and skills policy a key priority, with the recent White Paper seeking to communicate the government’s strategy. However, many key details are missing or left to further consultation. Rather than just another statement of good intentions, ...
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The SNP’s manifesto offers big gains to a number of targeted groups in Scotland - but would involve difficult trade-offs in a tight budgetary environment.
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The Scottish Government has used its devolved tax and benefit powers to craft a more progressive system than is in place in the rest of the UK. On average, taxes are higher for high-income households, and benefits more generous for low-income households.
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Spending on health per person in Scotland went from being 22% higher than in England in 1999–2000, to 10% higher in 2009–10 and just 3% higher in 2019–20, according to official estimates.
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Real-terms funding for the Scottish Government’s day-to-day (or resource) spending in 2021-22 is still set to be 2% lower per person than in 2010-11, after excluding temporary COVID-19 related funding, and adjusting for new responsibilities.
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Equal access to higher education for students from all socio-economic and ethnic groups is a key aim of UK education policy. New research at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), commissioned by the Department for Education, looks at the financial benefit that students from different ...
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James Banks, Daisy Fancourt and Xiaowei Xu
Mental health has been one of the great casualties of the pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns and recession. New analysis by IFS researchers, published today as one chapter in the World Happiness Report, examines the effects of the first six months of the pandemic on trajectories of mental health in ...