Gemma Tetlow
Gemma Tetlow
Programme Director
Education:

MSc Economics, University of Warwick, 2004
BSc Economics, University of Warwick, 2003

Gemma is programme director of the IFS' work on pensions, saving and public finances. Her research interests include pensions, savings, asset holding and health and their interactions with later life working. Her work also includes analysis of the UK's public finances and public spending.

How do the parties' fiscal targets compare?

| Observations

With the general election now just eight months away the political parties are starting to set out what they would aim to achieve in government. In this observation, we describe what each of the three main UK parties have said about their fiscal targets and discuss how these differ from current coalition government policy and from each other. Meeting the Conservatives’ target could result in debt falling more quickly than would be the case under the rules proposed by Labour or the Liberal Democrats. But doing so would require tax rises or significantly greater cuts in public spending than Labour and the Liberal Democrats would require to meet their rules – on top of those that are already planned up to 2015–16.

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