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Researchers at IFS carry out ongoing analysis of the government's fiscal position. After each Pre-Budget Report, Budget and Spending Review, we publish analysis of the Chancellor's proposals and reforms as well as of the public finances.

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Year: 267 publications
20 March 2014
20 March 2014
This presentation was given at the IFS post-Budget briefing on 20 March 2014.
20 March 2014
This paper was delivered at the IFS Budget briefing on 20 March 2014
18 March 2014
The Government has today announced more details on its new Tax Free Childcare scheme and the way in which childcare will be supported in Universal Credit. The announcement means that the planned system will be significantly more generous than initially envisaged, providing support to children aged up to 12 straight away, will provide a higher level of support, and will provide more generous support for childcare in Universal Credit. Yet the Treasury has not increased its estimate of the total cost, as it has revised down considerably its estimate of how many families will benefit.
13 March 2014
This presentation was delivered to BBC journalists in advance of the Budget 2014.
05 February 2014
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As Chancellor George Osborne prepares for his keynote statement on fiscal policy and the economy the IFS Green Budget assesses some of the issues he will have to deal with.
05 February 2014
Andrew Goodwin
This presentation was given at the launch of the 2014 IFS Green Budget on 5 February 2014
05 February 2014
This presentation was given at the launch of the 2014 IFS Green Budget on 5 February 2014
05 February 2014
This presentation was given at the launch of the 2014 IFS Green Budget on 5 February 2014
05 February 2014
This presentation was given at the launch of the 2014 IFS Green Budget on 5 February 2014
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