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Falls in real earnings hit well-off households particularly hard after the recession, while many poorer households were initially relatively protected by the benefits system. But poorer households are the hardest hit by the benefit cuts being implemented in the years to 2015–16. The likely net result is that income losses resulting from the recession will be spread quite evenly across income groups.
These are among the key findings of new IFS research published today, in a pre-released article from a special issue of Fiscal Studies to be launched on Wednesday 12th June. This research provides the first comprehensive estimate of what the distributional impact of the recession will be in the medium term.
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Independent Scotland would face tougher long-run fiscal challenge than the UK as a whole
An independent Scotland would require a significant cut in spending or increase in taxes, over and above that already announced by the UK government, in order to put their long-term public finances onto a sustainable footing.
Since 2008 food spending fails to keep pace with rising food prices and nutritional quality of calories falls / Long term decline in calorie purchases despite increase in calories from eating out, snacks and soft drinks
These are the key headlines from two new pieces of research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and due to be presented today as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.