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: 28 September 2010
Briefing and analysis
On Wednesday 20 October the Chancellor set out the government's spending plans for the years 2011-12 to 2014-15. IFS held a briefing to present our analysis of this report on the following day, Thursday 21 October. Presentations from the briefing can be found below.
Useful publications and resources
Background to the Spending Review
Emergency Budget June 2010
Our analysis of the Emergency Budget examined the impact on public finances, public services, welfare, business and the distribution of wealth.
Our analysis for the election looked at Labour's record and at the parties' proposals. The work was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
Green Budget 2010
The IFS Green Budget 2010 assessed key questions that then Chancellor Alistair Darling had to confront for the March 2010 Budget. The areas covered are fiscal policy, fiscal stimulus and the consumer, options for fiscal tightening: tax increases and benefit cuts, public spending and the public finances, public sector pay and pensions, support for research and innovation, potential cuts to public services and reforming the UK's fiscal institutions. Published in collaboration with Barclays Capital and Barclays Wealth, the Green Budget also discusses the UK's productive capacity, the economic outlook and the public finances and sterling.
The Treasury's Spending Review page links to previous and current Budget documentation.