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Is austerity really over and how can a Labour government pay for it? (Labour Party Conference fringe event)

At last year’s Budget the Chancellor announced that austerity was ‘coming to an end’. This autumn will be a key test of this change of direction, when the Government will need to set out departmental spending plans beyond March 2020. Labour is calling not only for an end to spending cuts but also for reversing some past cuts and expanding what the state offers in some areas.

Join us as our expert panel discusses the context for setting those future spending plans: What does ‘ending austerity’ actually mean? What should Labour’s priorities be? How much freedom of manoeuvre does the Chancellor have? What would Labour do differently? And, if increased spending requires increased taxation, what are the options for raising it?

Venue: Lancaster Room, Hilton Metropole, Brighton (inside secure zone)

Speakers: 

  • Chair - Gemma Tetlow (Chief Economist, Institute for Government)
  • Peter Dowd MP (Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury)
  • Glyn Fullelove (President, CIOT)
  • Paul Johnson (Director, IFS)
  • Frances O'Grady (General Secretary, Trades Union Congress)

The panel discussion is free to attend and you don't need to register in advance, but as it is within the secure zone you will need a conference pass.

We are also holding a panel discussion at the Conservative Party Conference on Monday 30 September at 12.45.