Public spending and finance

We conduct ongoing analysis of the outturns of, and outlook for, the public finances. Our work in this area assesses the records of successive governments, and looks at forecasts for government revenues and spending (overall and in specific areas), with the aim of informing the public debate.

We conduct timely analysis of issues related to:

We also produce monthly bulletins analysing the latest public finance numbers.

Our website provides data and useful background information on historic trends and recent issues relating to:

The short- and long-run impact of the national funding formula for schools in England

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The short- and long-run impact of the national funding formula for schools in England

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The changing educational attainment of graduate recruits to major public sector occupations

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Public sector pay has been squeezed since public spending cuts began to take effect from 2011, and it looks set to be squeezed even further up to 2020. However, this comes on the back of an increase in public sector wages relative to those in the private sector during the Great Recession. There is currently significant policy interest in the extent to which continued stagnation in public sector wages will affect the ability of the public sector to recruit and retain high-quality workers, although to date little is known about the potential effects.

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What's happening to NHS spending?

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IFS researcher, Andrew Hood, looks at what is happening to spending in the National Health Service.

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