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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.
Employing public sector workers to help deliver public services is a major part of what government does.
In this briefing note, we analyse the early years packages from the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats.
The IFS Deaton Review is the most comprehensive scientific analysis of inequalities yet attempted. Find out more at our dedicated website.
While the benefit system has undergone substantial reform over the past 10 years, there remain significant changes due to take place over the next parliament.


Upcoming event
Date 20 - 21 November 2019 | 12:30 - 18:30
Location The Institute for Fiscal Studies, London
Availablity Places available
Topics will include earnings and wage risk over the business cycle, hours of work choices, intergenerational altruism, wealth inequality, pension reform, macroeconomic impact of migration.
Upcoming event
Date 21 November 2019 | 09:00 - 10:30
Location The British Academy, London
Availablity Bookings closed
Finding a solution to the growing adult social care crisis in England is increasingly recognised as a top priority for the next government. The Health Foundation is hosting a breakfast seminar on Thursday 21 November at which the options for reforming the adult social care system will be set out by leading social care and economic experts.
Upcoming event
Date 03 December 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00
Location The Royal Institution, London
Availablity Places available
At this public event, the directors of three of the UK’s most trusted and respected independent bodies will talk about what has been promised in this election campaign, what challenges will face the new government (whatever its complexion), and where next for Brexit.

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Labour and the Conservatives both plan to take the minimum wage to a historical high and give the UK one of the highest minimum wages among developed countries.
The Labour party has today announced their commitments for NHS spending over the next four years if they were to win the 2019 general election.
The 2010s have been a decade of major financial change for English local government.
This report sets out six economic areas where attention, and action, by policymakers is needed.
Brexit continues to dominate the headlines - but the UK economy faces many other important challenges.