News

IFS issues frequent press releases and observations and features regularly in online, broadcast and printed media. Staff also write and contribute to news articles.

IFS research staff are happy to speak to the press about the findings of our work. If you are a member of the press and have an enquiry or would like to receive new press releases by email, please contact the Head of Public Relations, Bonnie Brimstone (020 7291 4818).

“Their independence is beyond doubt as all the main political parties recognise their expertise." Evan Davis, BBC

“Flaw” in Barnett formula protects Scotland and Northern Ireland from hundreds of millions of cuts

| IFS Press Releases

A new report published today by the IFS, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), looks at how the Barnett formula interacts with business rates (a tax that is already fully devolved to Scotland and Northern Ireland), and the lessons that can be learned for further tax devolution.

Find out more

The Smith Commission’s Proposals – big issues remain to be resolved

| Observations

The Smith Commission has published proposals for further devolution of powers to Scotland and we now know what is to be devolved – the UK and Scottish Government now have the more prosaic task of implementing the changes. Getting the details of how the taxes and welfare are devolved will be crucial. In a new Briefing Note and observation we analyse some of these ‘technical’ issues and critically appraise the Smith Commission proposals more generally.

Find out more

IFS public finance bulletin: November 2014

| Public Finance Press Releases

Today the Office for National Statistics and HM Treasury published Public Sector Finances, October 2014. We now have details of central government receipts, central government spending, public sector net investment, borrowing and debt for the first seven months of the financial year 2014–15.

Find out more