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.
The government announced in June 1998 that, under the guidelines of its Code for Fiscal Stability, it would keep to two fiscal rules. These are designed to help to achieve the central economic objective of high and stable levels of growth and employment. This short paper starts by describing the two fiscal rules and then looks at the latest set of HM Treasury forecasts, which suggest that these rules will indeed be met. We then go on to discuss the level of uncertainty that is implicit in any public finance forecasts and the importance of remembering that, if the rules are to continue to be met, a degree of caution should be maintained.
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