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“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.

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Does GP Practice Size Matter? The relationship between GP practice size and the quality of health care

| Observations

This week the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published comparable information on all GP surgeries in England for the first time, with the aim of identifying which practices should be prioritised for newly introduced inspections. Understanding whether, and why, some GP practices fail to provide quality care is important given the vital role that GPs play within the NHS. In recent years, there have been substantial changes to the organisation of GP practices, with a shift away from single-handed practices towards practices with six or more full time equivalent GPs. A new IFS report published today finds that small, and in particular single-handed, GP practices are more likely to provide poorer quality care than larger GP practices, as measured along a number of dimensions. This suggests that the trend towards larger practice sizes may have had beneficial effects on the overall quality of primary care provided.

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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.

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