Briefing and analysis
The Chancellor delivered his Budget statement on Wednesday 24th March 2010.
On Thursday 25th March, the day following the Budget, the Institute for Fiscal Studies held a lunchtime briefing. Download presentations here:
- Opening remarks, Robert Chote
- Public finances: less to repair, a bit more done, Gemma Tetlow
- Public services: the axe comes soon, Carl Emmerson
- Personal tax and benefit changes, James Browne
- Business and capital taxes, Stuart Adam
Green Budget 2010
The IFS Green Budget 2010 assesses key questions that the Chancellor has to confront in drawing up his 2010 Budget statement. The areas covered are fiscal policy, fiscal stimulus and the consumer, options for fiscal tightening: tax increases and benefit cuts, public spending and the public finances, public sector pay and pensions, support for research and innovation, potential cuts to public services and reforming the UK's fiscal institutions . Published in collaboration with Barclays Capital and Barclays Wealth, the Green Budget also discusses the UK's productive capacity, the economic outlook and the public finances and sterling.
- On 10 July Public Finance Magazine published an article The axeman cometh by Rowena Crawford and Gemma Tetlow.
- The IFS produces a monthly bulletin analysing the government's public finance figures.
- On 3 February 2010 Carl Emmerson gave a presentation, Fiscal tightening: why and how.
- On 11 February 2010 Rowena Crawford and Gemma Telow wrote an article 'No gain without pain' for Public Finance.
- Historic data on spending, revenues and borrowing (updated May 2009)
- A survey of the UK tax system (updated April 2009)
- A survey of the UK benefit system (updated December 2009)
- A survey of public spending in the UK (updated September 2009)
- A survey of UK local government finance (July 2007)
Our "observations" allow us to provide an immediate reaction to policy changes and debate, without issuing a full press release. Recent observations include the following:
- Taxes and elections: are they by any chance related? Chancellor Alistair Darling has warned us not to expect a giveaway in the Budget, while his Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, has reassured us that the Government could halve the deficit by 2013-14 without announcing any further tax increases. If both statements prove correct - no pre-election tax giveaway and no new post-election tax takeaway - then this would break the pattern of the last four general elections.
- Tougher than Thatcher? "Whoever wins the election, Labour or Conservative, is going to have to cut spending. That is not something that Margaret Thatcher actually did. So tougher than Margaret Thatcher." So said George Osborne on the Today Programme this morning - and the numbers by and large bear him out.
- Marriage, children's outcomes and tax policy The issue of marriage and family life looks set to be a key election battleground. In recent weeks, the Conservative Party's policy on supporting marriage in the tax system has been under the spotlight. A Green Paper on family policy is due to be released by the Government next week. Recently-published IFS analysis, and two new projects funded by the Nuffield Foundation, hope to shed light on some of these issues.
The Treasury's Budget 2010 page links to previous and current Budget documentation.