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Budget 2016

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Budget on Wednesday 16 March. On Thursday 17 March, the Institute for Fiscal Studies held a post-budget briefing.

Slides and videos of the presentations can be found below:


IFS Green Budget 2016

The IFS Green Budget 2016, in association with ICAEW and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, looked at the issues and challenges facing Chancellor George Osborne as he prepares for his Budget in March. Additional analysis was provided by ICAEW and Oxford Economics.

See all the Green Budget presentations on our Youtube Green Budget 2016 playlist.

Online resource on public spending in the UK

Visit our new online resource offering an introduction to public spending in the UK. You can look at trends in total public spending over time, find out what the money is spent on, compare UK public spending with other countries, and see how spending on health, education, defence and other areas has changed.

Be the Chancellor and set your own Spending Review

An online calculator developed by IFS researchers allows you to act as Chancellor; it was developed for the autumn 2015 Spending Review. Complete with data visualisation and infographics, the interactive tool guides you through the headline plans the Chancellor has made, and lets you make your own decisions about how to allocate spending between government departments.

IFS materials on previous Budgets

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