Soumaya Keynes
Soumaya Keynes
Research Economist
Education:
BA Economics (1st Class), Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 2010
MPhil Economics (Distinction), Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 2011

Soumaya joined the IFS in 2012 in the Pensions and Public Finances sector. As well as ongoing work on the public finances, current projects include working on redistribution of the tax/benefit system over individuals’ lifetimes and the economics of ageing.

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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