Our goal at the Institute for Fiscal Studies is to promote effective economic and social policies by better understanding how policies affect individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances.

The impact of the national funding formula for schools

The government is embarking on the single largest reform of the school funding system in England for the last 25 years. In a new briefing note we provide impartial explanation and analysis of the proposed reforms. We start by briefly presenting the case for reform, before setting out what the government has proposed, including transition arrangements. We then analyse the likely effects of these reforms on different schools and areas in the short run up to 2019–20.

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Budget analysis 2017

Slides and recordings from the IFS post-Budget briefing are available, along with short explainer videos and other materials on our Budget 2017 page.

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Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK

New IFS research, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, uses data on household incomes, together with OBR macroeconomic forecasts and announced changes in tax and benefit policy, to project household incomes up to 2021–22. It shows that historically weak growth in living standards set to continue, with low-income households with children set to fare the worst.

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Comparing spending per pupil across different stages of education

How is spending spread across different stages of education and how has this shifted over time? New IFS research provides, for the first time, consistent data on day-to-day or current spending per pupil on different stages of education in England over a long time period. Although cuts of 6.5% are expected for schools, the bigger story over the longer term is that they have done rather well in terms of funding per pupil. Spending on sixth forms and further education, by contrast, has been continually squeezed.

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A taxing challenge? Analysing and supporting tax policy design in low and middle income countries

The Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV), a new IFS research centre funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), draws on over 40 years of IFS experience of analysing and influencing tax policy in the UK to support policymakers in low and middle income countries to conduct rigorous analysis of their tax and benefit systems. IFS researchers will introduce TAXDEV’s programme of research and analysis at at event on 15 March.

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IFS Green Budget 2017

The IFS Green Budget 2017, in association with ICAEW and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, analyses the issues and challenges facing Chancellor Philip Hammond as he prepares for his first Budget. The findings from a selection of chapters were presented at Guildhall in London, where the report was launched. The report and presentation slides are online now.

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Apprenticeships policy risks poor value for money

A desire to expand the system of apprenticeships has been expressed by all major UK political parties and the current government’s focus on apprenticeships builds on commitments under the previous coalition and Labour governments. However, new IFS research shows that the significant expansion and design of the new system risks it being poor value for money and could end up being particularly damaging to the public sector.

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