The BBC has reported that civil servants and Conservative ministers have been holding discussions about possible cuts to benefits. This observation provides a brief discussion of these potential reforms and sets them in their wider context.Find out more
There’s more to higher education funding than the RAB charge
The RAB charge – the government subsidy inherent in the student loan system – has been a prominent focus of debates on higher education funding. Researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies argue in this Observation article that the focus on RAB comes at the expense of a wider discussion around how much the government should subsidise the higher education system as a whole, and how best to deliver this. This follows a new IFS report which examines the funding system for higher education and implications for public finances.Find out more
IFS Budget analysis
IFS researchers presented their analysis of the Chancellor's pre-election Budget at a briefing on Thursday 19 March. The presentations are now available on our website.
Further research relating to the election debate can be found on our election website.
Try our interactive spending tool, updated to reflect Budget announcements.Find out more