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The search for further benefit cuts

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.

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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.

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