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.
A peer-reviewed quarterly journal publishing articles by academics and practitioners.
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Date started: 19 November 2012
ESRC programme of work: The future of the UK and Scotland
The ESRC is supporting a programme of work addressing issues around the future of Scotland. The work will provide robust independent research based evidence. It will aim to both inform the debate in the run-up to the referendum and assist in planning across a wide range of areas which will be affected by the outcome of the vote, whether for independence or the Union. These include voting, culture and identity, business intelligence, fiscal and monetary policy, policy development, building of new constitutional arrangements, and defence and administrative practice - particularly in public service delivery. One of the strands focuses on supporting new work at current major ESRC investments before and potentially after the vote.
The first report from this project is being presented at a David Hume Institute seminar in Edinburgh on Monday 19 November.