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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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Five years on from the localisation and funding cut for Council Tax Support, this event in Manchester looks at how local authorities’ Council Tax Support schemes have evolved since they were first introduced, and at the changing effects of these scheme choices on claimants and on local authorities.
Debates about welfare policy are invariably controversial, going right to the heart of what kind of society we want to be. At the first of our 50th anniversary public events on 27 February, we will be joined by an expert panel to discuss how we should tackle the big challenges we face in this area.
Eventually, we will need to make a choice: more central funding and a genuinely national set of standards, or more devolution of tax-raising powers and more acceptance of local variation.
The Chancellor is yet to confirm how much money will be made available to departments at the 2019 Spending Review. To meet his promise to end austerity, Phillip Hammond will need to find billions of extra funding.

Events

Upcoming event
Date 25 February 2019 | 18:00 - 20:00
Location The British Academy, London
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Over recent years HMRC have gained significant additional powers to enforce tax law, against a backdrop of public and political anger about 'tax dodging' of borth the illegal and legal kinds.
Upcoming event
Date 27 February 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00
Location The Royal Institution, London
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Debates about welfare policy are invariably controversial, going right to the heart of what kind of society we want to be. This IFS at 50 event will set out the trade-offs that make this such an important and difficult area, how and why our approach has changed so radically over time, and how evidence can help us design policy better.
Upcoming event
Date 05 March 2019 | 10:30 - 12:00
Location Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester
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Support for low-income households in England to meet their council tax bills has now been the responsibility of councils for almost 6 years. In the face of funding cuts from central government, many have chosen to significantly cut council tax support (CTS).

Publications and research

Since 2000, all households containing a person aged 75 or over have been entitled to receive a free TV licence. However, from June 2020, the government will no longer fund this. The BBC must now decide whether to continue to provide free TV licences for the over 75s from its within own funds or to change the policy.
The IFS is launching a major new £2.5 million study of inequality in the UK, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Angus Deaton. Aiming to understand inequality not just of income, but of health, wealth and opportunity too, this five-year study will be one of the most ambitious of its kind.
Five years on from the localisation and funding cut for Council Tax Support, this report looks at how local authorities’ Council Tax Support schemes have evolved since they were first introduced, and at the changing effects of these scheme choices on claimants and on local authorities.
IFS is looking to hire for several roles, including a Research Director to work in our Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV), and a Country Adviser, based in Ethiopia.
Alcohol consumption is associated with costs to society from anti-social behaviour, crime and public costs of policing and health care, with a small number of heavy drinkers creating the majority of the costs. Governments attempt to reduce problematic alcohol consumption through restricting availability and with policies that aim to increase prices. In this paper we study the design of alcohol taxes.
Pension freedoms gave people much more flexibility over how to use their savings in retirement. But very few now purchase annuities in order to guarantee an income. We find that an important reason could be that people underestimate how long they will live.

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