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The long awaited 2019 Spending Review has finally been timetabled.
In a bid to become the next prime minister, both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt say they plan to increase the point at which people start paying National Insurance Contributions (NICs). This move would make the UK’s tax system even more different to those in most other developed countries in two ...
In a new feasibility study, we conclude that it would be possible to implement and evaluate a new programme targeted at very young children in disadvantaged families. We also provide a blueprint for what the programme and evaluation could look like.

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Frozen thresholds in our tax system "are effectively hidden annual tax rises", writes Paul Johnson. These add up over time "and result in often-hidden changes to the nature of the tax system."
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Our new PM and Chancellor have pledged big spending increases before they know the shape and cost of Brexit. "We really should be consigning austerity to history, but we are in danger of talking our way into another dose of it", writes Paul Johnson.
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It's likely we will have a new Chancellor by the end of this week. What would their officials want them to know once they've walked through the door of No 11?