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Gus O’Donnell, former Cabinet Secretary to three Prime Ministers and head of the Civil Service, will deliver the IFS 2020 Annual Lecture at 18:00 on Thursday 24 September: The Covid Tragedy: following the science or the sciences? In it he will argue that the Covid crisis required stronger ...
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Kate Ogden, David Phillips and Jean-Christophe Spiliotis
Even before the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, forecasts by councils implied that COVID-19 spending and overall revenue pressures arising this year could exceed the additional funding made available so far by around £3.1 billion.
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Chancellor Sunak has announced that, as the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) winds down at the end of October, it will be followed, for the next six months, by a new job support scheme which subsidises the wages of employees working at least a third of their normal hours. This is reminiscent of schemes ...

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Press release
Gus O’Donnell, former Cabinet Secretary to three Prime Ministers and head of the Civil Service, will deliver the IFS 2020 Annual Lecture at 18:00 on Thursday 24 September: The Covid Tragedy: following the science or the sciences? In it he will argue that the Covid crisis required stronger ...
Press release
Chancellor Sunak has announced that, as the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) winds down at the end of October, it will be followed, for the next six months, by a new job support scheme which subsidises the wages of employees working at least a third of their normal hours. This is reminiscent of schemes ...
Press release
Kate Ogden, David Phillips and Jean-Christophe Spiliotis
Even before the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, forecasts by councils implied that COVID-19 spending and overall revenue pressures arising this year could exceed the additional funding made available so far by around £3.1 billion.
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Schools serving more deprived pupils face major challenges over the next few years. Educational inequalities will have widened during lockdown. Planned increases in teacher starting salaries will also weigh more heavily on such schools, given they are more likely to employ new teachers.
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Jack Britton, Franz Buscha, Matt Dickson, Laura van der Erve, Anna Vignoles, Ian Walker, Ben Waltmann and Yu Zhu
On average, masters graduates don’t earn much more than people with the same background and prior attainment who don’t go beyond undergraduate level. But while masters graduates in business and law see returns of less than 15%, those in many arts and humanities courses see negative returns.
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Attitudes towards trade deteriorated before the 2008 financial crisis but have rebounded since.
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New income protection programmes - and extension of universal credit - have provided huge amounts of support during the coronavirus pandemic, though to differing extents.
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Many childcare providers had weak finances going into the crisis. The loss of income from parent-paid fees since March will mean that many providers face a tough time keeping their doors open.