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Our goal at the Institute for Fiscal Studies is to promote effective economic and social policies by better understanding how policies affect individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances.

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Almost all the candidates in the Conservative leadership election have promised higher levels of spending on education. We analyse the cost of potential commitments on schools and education spending.
We set out new research about changes to household incomes, and who has been most affected.
Some have claimed that Boris Johnson's tax pledges mean Scots would end up paying for a tax cut for higher earners in the rest of the UK. This is not the case.
Few things matter more than clarity over fiscal and economic strategy. We really should know a little more about where our potential future leaders stand on them.

Events

Today's event
Date 18 June 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00
Location The British Academy, London
Availablity Places available
This is the fifteenth in a series of lectures and debates being organised by the CIOT and the IFS to promote debate among policy-makers, opinion-formers and the wider tax and economics communities on the future of the UK and international tax systems.
Upcoming event
Date 19 June 2019 | 10:00 - 12:00
Location Church House Conference Centre, London
Availablity Bookings closed
At this event, IFS researchers will present the key findings from the latest in the series of flagship IFS annual reports on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the report will analyse the latest data on living standards, while setting this in the context of developments in pay, employment and inflation.
Upcoming event
Date 25 June 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00
Location The Royal Institution, London
Availablity Places available
In the context of demographic change, among other trends, how will the incomes of pensioners in the future be supported? This IFS at 50 event will look at how our pensions and savings system has worked to support retirement incomes and how we should think about supporting future generations of pensioners in the decades to come.

Publications and research

In this report, we take a step back to consider the overall impacts on health of the Sure Start programme as a whole between its inception in 1999 and its peak in the late 2000s.
The Augar Review of Post-18 education is the first comprehensive review of both the Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) sectors and has been eagerly awaited. Here we provide an initial reaction and look at costings.
Current plans for councils to rely on council tax and business rates for the vast bulk of their funding don’t look compatible with our expectations of what councils should provide. A proper national debate on how much we are willing to pay and what we expect of councils is needed.
The tax and benefit system is a key tool for a government trying to reduce inequality. In this briefing note, we examine the effects that cash benefits and taxes had on UK inequality in 2016–17.
"I would not begin to claim that the present economic and political settlement is anywhere near perfect", writes Paul Johnson, "but over the last 50 years it has delivered far more than we ever give it credit for."
The review is a comprehensive five-year study of inequalities in society led by Nobel Prize-winning economist Sir Angus Deaton and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

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