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School spending focused more on poorest schools over past 20 years; even more radical reforms over next decade

| Press Release

School spending in England has become increasingly targeted at schools with pupils from poorer backgrounds over the past 20 years. As a result, spending per pupil in 2013–14 amongst the 20% of secondary schools with the poorest pupils was £1,800 more than spending per pupil in the richest 20% (£7,400 compared with £5,600). This gap of more than 30% now compares with a gap of just 15% in the late 1990s. This is one of the main findings from a new report written by IFS researchers and funded by the Nuffield Foundation on long-run changes to school spending in England since the late 1970s.

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Taxman to raise same proportion of national income as before crisis, but from different places

| Observations

The Great Recession triggered the two largest annual falls in real government receipts since at least 1956. Yet, by the end of the decade, tax receipts as a share of national income are due to return to almost their pre-recession level. But, beneath this apparent stability in the overall tax take, there have been significant shifts in the composition of tax revenues.

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IFS analysis of today’s public finance figures: February 2016

| Public Finance Press Releases

Today the Office for National Statistics and HM Treasury published Public Sector Finances January 2016. We now have details of central government receipts, central government spending, public sector net investment, borrowing and debt for the first ten months of financial year 2015−16.

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