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IFS/CIOT party conference fringe events

IFS and CIOT are once again holding debates at the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences. The topic will be "Balancing the Books – tax and spending choices in the next Parliament" and Paul Johnson, IFS director, will present at each alongside a speaker from CIOT and an experienced MP.

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The NHS in Scotland

The future of the welfare state, and particularly of the NHS, has taken centre stage in the Scottish independence debate in recent days. Given the political rhetoric, there is a clear need for some impartial analysis. In this observation we try to set out some of the facts on both recent changes in NHS spending in England and Scotland, and the prospects for the future whether Scotland is in or out of the Union. Our analysis suggests it is unlikely that independence would make it easier to find additional money for the NHS.

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Retirement sorted? The adequacy and optimality of wealth among the near-retired

In a new study, IFS researchers have found that the vast majority of couples born in the 1940s have levels of wealth that are more than sufficient to maintain their standards of living into and through retirement. Find out more at the 'Are you prepared for retirement?' conference this afternoon.

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