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Public private pay differential broadly back to pre-crisis levels; pensions remain a big difference between sectors

| IFS Press Releases

Two new IFS reports published today find that public pay differential broadly back to pre-crisis levels and that a big difference remains between public and private pensions

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Will the welfare cap fit?

| Observations

The Office for Budget Responsibility's new Welfare Trends Report is a welcome development. It describes some of the key risks around their forecasts for benefit spending and, therefore, the factors that could lead to the Chancellor’s welfare cap being breached. Neither the welfare trends report nor the welfare cap are sufficient to improve policy making. If further welfare cuts are deemed to be appropriate then those cuts should be well argued and well designed, rather than simply those that are the quickest or politically easiest to achieve.

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Public finance bulletin: September 2014

| Public Finance Press Releases

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

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