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Our goal at the Institute for Fiscal Studies is to promote effective economic and social policies by better understanding how policies affect individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances.

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We have established a new partnership between academics, local government and early years practitioners to develop, implement and evaluate a home-visiting programme for parents with very young children in England. In this feasibility study, we research local priorities and existing services to evaluate the need for a new early childhood intervention in Peterborough.
Business owners have been the fastest-growing part of the UK labour force since at least 2000. Between 2000–01 and 2015–16, the number of employees grew by 15%, while self-employment (including those operating as a sole trader or as a partner in a partnership) grew by 25% and the number of directors of companies with at most two directors more than doubled.
This weekend the state pension age, for both men and women, rose to 65 years and five months. It will continue to rise every couple of months until it reaches 66 in October next year.
This weekend, on Saturday 6th July, the state pension age rises again, to 65 years and 5 months. This means that some with low incomes must wait longer to receive Pension Credit.

Events

Upcoming event
Date 23 September 2019 | 14:30 - 15:30
Location Hilton Metropole, Brighton
Availablity Places available
The Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Institute for Government are organising joint panel discussions at the main party conferences this autumn, looking at the end of austerity and the spending review.
Upcoming event
Date 26 September 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00
Location The Royal Society, London
Availablity Places available
We’re pleased to announce that Professor Pinelopi (Penny) Koujianou Goldberg, Chief Economist of the World Bank Group, will give the 2019 IFS Annual Lecture on the unequal effects of globalisation.
Upcoming event
Date 30 September 2019 | 12:45 - 14:00
Location Midland Hotel, Manchester
Availablity Places available
The Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Institute for Government are organising joint panel discussions at the main party conferences this autumn, looking at the end of austerity and the spending review.

Publications and research

Jeremy Hunt has announced several policy proposals relating to corporation tax, National Insurance (NICs) contributions, defence spending and the interest rate applied to student debt. This briefing looks at who gains from these tax and spending policies, and how much they might cost.
Boris Johnson has announced two main tax proposals – to increase the income tax higher rate threshold (HRT) from £50,000 to £80,000, and to raise the point at which people start paying National Insurance contributions (NICs). This briefing note discusses the consequences of Boris Johnson's tax policies, which age groups gain, and what the impact might be on the number of people that pay higher rate tax or NICs.
Poverty, long associated with being out of work and with old age, is now mostly a phenomenon experienced by people who are actually in work or who are living in a household where someone is in work.
In this latest report, we focus in particular on those people who are poorest in society, with two of our three main chapters focusing on poverty.
Almost all the candidates in the Conservative leadership election have promised higher levels of spending on education. We analyse the cost of potential commitments on schools and education spending.
We set out new research about changes to household incomes, and who has been most affected.

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