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Aggregate public spending
Date started: 29 January 2010
In this area we look at trends and forecasts in overall public spending.
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22 March 2012
Presentations
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This presentation was given at the IFS post-Budget briefing 2012.
21 March 2012
IFS Working Papers
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Assessing the impact of government activity on the distribution of household living standards is essential to the evaluation of public service provision but raises challenging conceptual issues that we discuss in this paper.
01 December 2011
Journal Articles
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Earlier empirical literature has examined some long- and medium-term aspects of macro-fiscal volatility while leaving its short-term fiscal impact unexplored. To help fill that gap, we examine the impact of macro-fiscal volatility on the composition of public spending.
10 August 2011
IFS Briefing Notes
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This analysis finds that the shape of the state today is very different from that of 30 years ago and, going forward, spending on health, pensions and long term care is set to rise fast.
21 November 2010
Journal Articles
08 October 2010
Observations
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The Spending Review, to be finalised later this month, will provide detail regarding the large reductions in spending on public services that will be implemented over the next four years. The estimation of the distributional impacts of cuts in spending on public services is substantially more challenging than the estimation of the distributional impact of changes to taxation and the payment of cash benefits. For many reasons analyses of the former should be interpreted very cautiously.
12 April 2010
Observations
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The key question for the next Government is what size and combination of public spending cuts and tax increases to implement to repair our public finances. Anyone looking for a more detailed answer from Labour in its manifesto will have been disappointed.
12 April 2010
IFS Briefing Notes
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Even more than in previous elections, the appropriate size of the state - measured by public spending as a share of national income - is a key issue.
29 March 2010
IFS Press Releases
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The Conservative Party plans to cut central government spending on public services outside the NHS, defence and overseas aid by £6 billion in the coming financial year in order to finance a cut in National Insurance that would offset most of the impending increase that the Government has already announced.
18 September 2009
Observations
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The Treasury's plans for public spending would require spending by central government on public services to be cut in real terms by 8.6% in 2013-14 compared to 2010-11. Is this too much or too little, and how should the pain be shared? A new tool, DIY Spending Review, that can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet enables you to carry your own "Spending Review 2010".
19 March 2009
Newspaper Articles
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The biggest task for whoever is unfortunate enough to win the next general election will be to mop up the gallons of red ink spilt over the Government's finances by the economic crisis.
02 February 2009
Newspaper Articles
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A freeze on departmental spending is predicted by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
28 January 2009
IFS Press Releases
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The Government - or its successor - will need fresh tax increases or spending cuts worth an extra £20 billion a year by the end of the next Parliament, if it is to expect to repair the public finances as planned in November's Pre-Budget Report, according to the 2009 IFS Green Budget.
30 March 2007
Newspaper Articles
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Spending plans are much tighter than those of recent years.
21 April 2005
Election Briefing Notes
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As in previous general elections, the appropriate size of the state is a key issue. This Briefing Note describes the trends in public spending since Labour came to office in 1997 and compares them with those seen previously in the UK and in other OCED countries.
03 December 2003
IFS Briefing Notes
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This Briefing Note provides an overview of public spending in the UK. It describes the components of public spending and examines trends in expenditure.
01 June 2003
Newspaper Articles
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In the April 2002 budget, the Chancellor unveiled spending increses for the NHS for the years going forward to 2007-08.
22 February 2002
Newspaper Articles
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Does the Chancellor need to increase taxes?
01 December 2001
Journal Articles
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OECD data are used to investigate public and private environmental expenditures and, although they are more complete and consistent than other datasets, they are still poor.
01 May 2001
Election Briefing Notes
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This Briefing Note looks at the current government's record on public spending, borrowing and taxation.
01 May 2001
Election Briefing Notes
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This Election Briefing Note looks at the planned levels of borrowing for the three main parties.
01 May 2001
Election Briefing Notes
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Election 2001: This Briefing Note looks in detail at public spending.
01 January 2001
Election Briefing Notes
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This short note outlines some possible scenarios for the path of public spending beyond March 2004.
01 November 1994
Journal Articles
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This paper considers the range of support for earmarked taxes, examines the issues, and asks if there is a role for such taxes in the British system.
08 November 1990
Journal Articles
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The Treasury struggled hard to reassert short-term control of public spending following the economic crises of the mid-1970s.
01 September 1990
Journal Articles
01 May 1989
Journal Articles
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The Government's public spending plans, outlined in the 1988 Autumn Statement and the 1989 Public Expenditure White Paper, project that total Government expenditure will grow by 1 3/4 percent per annum in real terms over the three years from 1988/89 to 1991/92.

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