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Fiscal performance of successive governments

IFS has a long history of analysing fiscal performance of UK governments. This includes examining successive governments records on levels of taxation and spending, borrowing and debt, as well as looking at how spending has been allocated and where tax revenues have been raised from.

Selected highlights

IFS analysis relating to the autumn Budget 2017.
Briefing note
This briefing note provides background material for the 2017 General Election.
Video clip
The share of national income raised in tax has been slowly edging up in recent decades. Helen Miller from IFS explains what has been happening.
Briefing note
This analysis finds that the shape of the state today is very different from that of 30 years ago and, going forward, spending on health, pensions and long term care is set to rise fast.
Briefing note
This general election briefing note looks at how overall levels of borrowing and debt changed between 1997 and 2010.
Journal article
This article analyses the financial crisis of 2008 and associated recession caused significant which permanent damage to the UK's public finances.


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Ben Zaranko
Senior Research Economist