Facts and figures about UK taxes, benefits and public spending.
Income distribution, poverty and inequality.
Analysing government fiscal forecasts and tax and spending.
Analysis of the fiscal choices an independent Scotland would face.
Case studies that give a flavour of the areas where IFS research has an impact on society.
Reforming the tax system for the 21st century.
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Date started: 09 April 2009
Briefing and analysis
The Chancellor delivered his Budget statement at on Wednesday 22nd April 2009.
On Thursday 23rd April, the day following the Budget, the Institute for Fiscal Studies held a lunchtime briefing. Presentations are available to download below.
Useful publications and resources
Reactions to Budget 2009
Taxing the rich: can it raise any more money?
s On 20th April 2009 IFS launched a briefing note which discusses how much scope there is in raising revenue from the very rich. It builds on work in the IFS Green Budget 2009, and on one of the chapters of the the Mirrlees review of the tax system.
Budget 2009: tightening the squeeze?
This IFS briefing note, an update of the forecasts in this year's IFS Green Budget, illustrates that the Government - or its successor - may need to implement further tax increases or cuts in spending plans worth almost £40 billion a year by 2015-16 if the public finances are to be repaired as quickly as the Chancellor hoped in last year's Pre-Budget Report.
Green Budget 2009
The IFS Green Budget 2009 assesses key questions that the Chancellor has to confront in drawing up his 2009 Budget statement. The areas covered are fiscal policy, public spending and the public finances; income tax and national insurance; value added tax and business taxation. Published in collaboration with Morgan Stanley, the Green Budget also discusses the outlook for economic growth, debt management and the government and the financial sector.
Living standards and poverty
Our new "observations" allow us to provide an immediate reaction to policy changes and debate, without issuing a full press release. Recent observations include the following:
The Treasury's Budget 2009 page links to previous and current Budget documentation.