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Earnings since the recession

Since the recession of 2008 and 2009, the standout features of the UK labour market have been robust employment and weak earnings. The employment rate of 16- to 64-year-olds is already back to its level as of 2008Q1 (73.0%), which is close to the highest rate recorded since consistent data began in 1971; but average earnings remain well below their pre-crisis level.

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What have been the effects of the coalition's tax and benefit changes?

The coalition government has introduced a large number of tax and benefit changes during its five years in office. In this briefing note, we examine the effect of all these changes on households' disposable incomes.

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Review of UK Consumer Price Statistics

The UK Statistics Authority has published an independent review of consumer price statistics, led by IFS Director Paul Johnson. The review looks at what it is that a consumer inflation statistic should be measuring and how well current measures perform.

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