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The Institute publishes a series of 'Observations', which use our research to explain the facts behind topical policy debates. IFS staff also publish articles in a variety of national newspapers, blogs and specialist magazines to help inform the public debate.

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Latest Observations

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This morning, the ONS published its monthly public finance release for April, giving us an initial snapshot of the public finances under lockdown. It throws the enormous impact of the restrictions on the public finances into sharp relief.
Observation
Automatic enrolment has been hugely successful, such that over 90% of eligible private sector workers are now members of workplace pension schemes.
Observation
On Tuesday (12 May 2020) the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced an extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which covers 80% of employees’ usual salaries, up to a cap of £2,500 a month, while they are furloughed.

Recent newspaper articles

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The pandemic will lead us to question many aspects of the way we are governed and the way we run our economy, writes Paul Johnson. It should certainly lead us to question the dominance of Whitehall and the historical subservience of local government.
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Thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, "there has been rather a lot of soul-searching going on within the economics profession", writes Paul Johnson. "I do think that we could be an awful lot better and that greater diversity would help us to be better."
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We need policies directly focused on job creation and supporting people - especially young people - to find jobs, writes Paul Johnson.