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IFS issues frequent press releases and observations and features regularly in online, broadcast and printed media. Staff also write and contribute to news articles.

IFS research staff are happy to speak to the press about the findings of our work. If you are a member of the press and have an enquiry or would like to receive new press releases by email, please contact the Head of public relations, Bonnie Brimstone (020 7291 4818).

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The Chancellor is yet to confirm how much money will be made available to departments at the 2019 Spending Review. To meet his promise to end austerity, Phillip Hammond will need to find billions of extra funding.
Observation
Since 2000, all households containing a person aged 75 or over have been entitled to receive a free TV licence, paid for by the government. From June 2020 onwards, the government will no longer provide the funds for these free TV licences and the BBC therefore has to decide whether to continue to ...
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In 2013, support for low-income households to pay their council tax was localised across England and funding for it was cut, while it was mandated that pensioners be protected. Hence for the first time since the poll tax, some of the lowest-income households have been required to pay local tax.

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Press release
The Chancellor is yet to confirm how much money will be made available to departments at the 2019 Spending Review. To meet his promise to end austerity, Phillip Hammond will need to find billions of extra funding.
Press release
In 2013, support for low-income households to pay their council tax was localised across England and funding for it was cut, while it was mandated that pensioners be protected. Hence for the first time since the poll tax, some of the lowest-income households have been required to pay local tax.
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The AEA, in conjunction with 59 associations in related disciplines known as the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), holds a three-day meeting each January to present papers on general economics topics. This January, several IFS economists are presenting their work. 

IFS Research Director Rachel Griffith is presenting papers on 'Tax Design in the Alcohol Market', 'The Innovation Premium to Soft Skills in low-skilled occupations' and 'How well targeted are soda taxes?'.

CPP Director Richard Blundell is presenting papers on 'Nonlinear Persistence and Partial Insurance: Innovations in ...

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On Wednesday 19 December, IFS Associate Director David Phillips gave evidence to the Finance and Constitution Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Government's taxation proposals. The session was reported live here.

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On 12 December, IFS research economist Tom Waters gave evidence to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee on the two child limit in tax credits and Universal Credit. The committee session is available to watch online here.

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IFS Research Fellows Gabriella Conti and Martin Weidner have been awarded Consolidator Grants by the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC bestows the Consolidator Grants to outstanding researchers who have a promising scientific track record, and between 7-12 years of experience after the completion of their doctorates.

The ERC grants have been awarded to 291 top scientists across Europe. Funding for these researchers, part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is worth in total €573 million and will give them a chance to build up their teams and have far-reaching ...

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On 28 November, IFS Research Director Orazio Attanasio gave a lecture as part a series convened by the Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL) and the Centre for Evaluation, addressing methods and innovation in primary studies. The lecture was entitled, 'Contextualised structural modelling for policy impact' and focused on Early Childhood interventions. You can find out more and watch a video of the lecture on the CEDIL website.

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Jack Britton and Chris Belfield
On average, attending higher education increases the age 29 earnings of men by 6% and women by 26%. If we focus on the impact of graduating from higher education, these returns rise to 8% and 28%.