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IFS issues frequent press releases and observations and features regularly in online, broadcast and printed media. Staff also write and contribute to news articles.

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The statistical analysis the government cites to justify not including deprivation in the funding formula for many key services does not stand up to full scrutiny.
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This morning the ONS released the latest public finance numbers, which provide data on public sector receipts and spending through to the end of January 2019. These are the final set of monthly data due to be published before the Chancellor’s Spring Statement which is scheduled for Wednesday ...
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The business rates retention system in England is very complex. Clarity and accuracy from the government are vital ahead of a proposed move from 50% to 75% business rates retention in April 2020.

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The statistical analysis the government cites to justify not including deprivation in the funding formula for many key services does not stand up to full scrutiny.
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This morning the ONS released the latest public finance numbers, which provide data on public sector receipts and spending through to the end of January 2019. These are the final set of monthly data due to be published before the Chancellor’s Spring Statement which is scheduled for Wednesday ...
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The business rates retention system in England is very complex. Clarity and accuracy from the government are vital ahead of a proposed move from 50% to 75% business rates retention in April 2020.
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The Chancellor is yet to confirm how much money will be made available to departments at the 2019 Spending Review. To meet his promise to end austerity, Phillip Hammond will need to find billions of extra funding.
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In 2013, support for low-income households to pay their council tax was localised across England and funding for it was cut, while it was mandated that pensioners be protected. Hence for the first time since the poll tax, some of the lowest-income households have been required to pay local tax.
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The AEA, in conjunction with 59 associations in related disciplines known as the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), holds a three-day meeting each January to present papers on general economics topics. This January, several IFS economists are presenting their work. 

IFS Research Director Rachel Griffith is presenting papers on 'Tax Design in the Alcohol Market', 'The Innovation Premium to Soft Skills in low-skilled occupations' and 'How well targeted are soda taxes?'.

CPP Director Richard Blundell is presenting papers on 'Nonlinear Persistence and Partial Insurance: Innovations in ...

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On Wednesday 19 December, IFS Associate Director David Phillips gave evidence to the Finance and Constitution Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Government's taxation proposals. The session was reported live here.

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On 12 December, IFS research economist Tom Waters gave evidence to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee on the two child limit in tax credits and Universal Credit. The committee session is available to watch online here.