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A look ahead to the March 2020 Budget

This event is now fully booked. Please note this event will be live-streamed on our website and social media. 

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The Chancellor is due to deliver his first Budget, the first of this parliament, and the first since Autumn 2018, on Wednesday 11 March. Its contents could be the most fiscally important for years, as the new Government sets out its tax and spending plans for the coming parliament. Two weeks ahead of this, IFS researchers – in an event funded by the Economic and Social Research Council – will set out their latest assessment of the fiscal constraints within which the Chancellor is operating and will assess his options. We will analyse:

  • Constraints placed by the Government’s new fiscal targets
  • Outlook for the 2020 Spending Review
  • Tax policy options
  • Differential impact of potential UK-EU trade arrangements
  • Regional inequalities in living standards and public investment

This event will be chaired by IFS Director Paul Johnson, and there will be plenty of time for questions at the end.

Registration and refreshments will be available from 9am, with the event starting at 9.30. If you can't make it in person, we will also be live-streaming on our website and on social media.

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The Chancellor is due to deliver his first Budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020. The next day, IFS researchers will present their initial analysis of the Chancellor's announcements on the public finances, spending on public services, and the tax and the benefit system.