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Autumn Statement 2013

The Autumn Statement 2013 was delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on Thursday 5 December. IFS researchers presented their analysis at a briefing in London on Friday 6 December.

Presentation from the IFS autumn statement 2013 briefing

A recent observation A give and take Autumn Statement? and a background briefing Autumn Statement 2013: giveaways=takeaways? provide useful context.

Budget 2013

George Osborne presented his last official statement on the public finances in March 2013. IFS staff analysed these announcements at a briefing held the following day. Slides from these presentations are below.

Spending Review 2013

In June 2013, George Osborne announced how the current government would allocate spending on public services in 2015-16. Analysis by IFS staff of the implications of these announcements can be found below.

IFS and the Institute for Government also compiled background briefings before the Spending Round. Materials are below.

Green Budget 2013 analysis and presentation slides

The IFS Green Budget 2013, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, was published on 6th February. The document and slides from the launch are available here. In particular, the analysis includes chapters looking at:

Public finances

  • In an IFS observation 'Cutting the deficit: three years down, five to go?', Gemma Tetlow examines the progress of the government's fiscal consolidation plan.
  • The IFS produces a monthly bulletin analysing recent developments in the government's public finance figures.
  • In a Public Finance Magazine article, Biting the bullet on fiscal targets, Carl Emmerson and Gemma Tetlow discussed the Chancellor's fiscal rules and the merits of abandoning his supplementary debt target.
  • In The Fiscal Challenge Ahead, IFS researchers outline the significant challenges we face as a result of the spending pressures created by population ageing and a likely loss of tax revenues from motoring and north sea oil and gas companies.

Public spending

  • Rowena Crawford and Paul Johnson examine what is happening to the composition of public spending in The rapidly changing state, an IFS observation.
  • In an IFS observation, researchers examine the Chancellor’s previously stated intention to reduce welfare expenditure by a further £10 billion per year by 2016–17 and explore where the cuts might be made.
  • IFS researchers produced a Briefing Note, examining the changing composition of public spending. They find that the shape of the state today is very different from that of 30 years ago and that spending on health, pensions and long term care is set to take up a far greater share of public expenditure unless there is significant reform, or unless total spending is significantly increased.
  • A briefing note on Pensioners and the tax and benefit system, examines the ways in which the proposals produced by the Dilnot Commission on the Funding of Care and Support could be funded.
  • A report on NHS and social care funding: the outlook to 2021/22 examines what can be expected once the current period of broadly flat NHS funding in real terms ends in 2014-15.

Taxation and welfare benefits

  • IFS researchers have compiled a list of tax and benefit changes in each Budget since 1979.
  • In two recent observations, IFS researchers examine The Effects of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill and review the key features of the new 'High Income Child Benefit charge'.
  • We examine the pensions White Paper detailing plans to replace the current Basic State Pension and State Second Pension with a single state pension in an IFS observation.
  • Here we discuss the merits of two policies: the reintroduction of a 10% income tax rate on a narrow band of income and a ‘mansion tax’ on residential properties worth more than £2 million.
  • In a Fiscal Studies journal article, researchers analyse the likely effects of introducing a new Universal Credit.
  • In a report, Fairer by design: efficient tax reform for those on low to middle incomes, Paul Johnson draws on the Mirrlees Review of taxation to identify key reforms that could help to ease the squeeze on living standards by making the UK tax and benefit systems both more efficient and fair.
  • In Tax by Design, the Mirrlees Review editorial team present a picture of coherent tax reform. Its aim is to identify the characteristics of a good tax system, to assess the extent to which the UK tax system conforms to these ideals, and to recommend how it might realistically be reformed in that direction.

Living standards

Fiscal facts

Election 2010

  • Our analysis for the election looked at the Labour Government’s record and at the three main UK parties' proposals. The work was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
  • Official documentation
  • Autumn Statement 2013 documentation will be available here. The Treasury's home page links to previous and current Budget documentation. The Office for Budget Responsibility's publications and economic and fiscal forecasts can be found here.