Rowena Crawford
Rowena Crawford
Senior Research Economist
Education:

BA (Hons) Economics (1st), Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 2008

Rowena is a Senior Research Economist in the Pensions and Public Finance sector. Her research interests include pensions and saving for retirement, while her recent work also includes analysis of the UK 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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