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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Recent IFS Briefing Notes
Gluttony in England? Long-term change in diet
There has been a marked increase in body weight across much of the developed world. This has taken place, even though data suggest that there has not been an increase in calories consumed. This leads to a puzzle. If calories are declining, why are people gaining weight?
Food expenditure and nutritional quality over the Great Recession
In this briefing note, we document how the food purchases of households in the UK have changed over the recent period of recession and food price rises.
Taxing an Independent Scotland
This Briefing Note looks at the way that tax revenue in Scotland is currently delivered and at the reform options that would be open to an independent Scotland.