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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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In a speech on Tuesday 9th October, the Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, touched upon a number of important issues taking centre stage in current debates on UK aid spending, including Brexit and the role of private sector investment. These two substantive issues are ...
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Big increases in house prices compared to incomes over the last two decades mean that it is increasingly difficult for young adults to get on the housing ladder, even if they do manage to save a 10% deposit.
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In new analysis, researchers at IFS have investigated which industries, regions and types of workers would be most and least affected by increased barriers to trade with the EU under different Brexit scenarios.

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IFS Deputy Director Carl Emmerson gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee today as part of their inquiry into the benefit cap.

Since 2013 the government has placed a cap on the amount that some working-age families can receive in benefits. In May 2018 60,000 households saw their benefits reduced by the cap. The Government’s objectives for the cap are “improving work incentives, promoting fairness between those on out of work benefits and taxpayers and delivering savings”. The Work and Pensions Select Committee wants to understand how well the benefit cap is achieving ...

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Big increases in house prices compared to incomes over the last two decades mean that it is increasingly difficult for young adults to get on the housing ladder, even if they do manage to save a 10% deposit.
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In new analysis, researchers at IFS have investigated which industries, regions and types of workers would be most and least affected by increased barriers to trade with the EU under different Brexit scenarios.
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Richard Blundell, Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the IFS, is to give the keynote speech at the Copenhagen Business School's launch of their Business in Society Platform on Inequality. His address is on ‘The dynamics of income and earnings inequality’ and will be followed by a discussion. 

The Inequality Platform run from 2018 to 2023 and aims to address the causes and consequences of inequality from a Danish, European, and global level. The Inequality Platform brings together researchers from four CBS departments – DBP, ECON, INT, and ...

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On 26 September, IFS Associate Director David Phillips was in the hot seat at the Health Show UK 2018 to talk about social care funding. He was quizzed by Victoria Macdonald, Channel 4 News's health and social care correspondent, and health and social care professionals about:

- What has happened to social care funding in recent years, and why this may pose a problem;

- What factors may affect the funding needed for social care in the future;

- The options and issues for raising more revenues from people receiving care, or via taxation or compulsory insurance;

- And the tensions between ...

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IFS Research Economist, Laura ven der Erve, spoke at the fourth annual Women in Economics conference, held in Cambridge at Gonville and Caius College.

The speakers at the event were:

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On 13 September, IFS Associate Director Robert Joyce gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee on social security and in-work poverty.

The Committee also took evidence from David Finch, Senior Research Fellow, Resolution Foundation; Russell Gunson, Director, Institute for Public Policy Research Scotland;Deborah Hay, Scotland Policy Officer, Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Polly Jones, Project Manager, A Menu for Change Project, Oxfam Scotland.

The committee session is available to watch online here.

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Funding for 16- to 18-year-olds and for general further education has been cut much more sharply than funding for schools, pre-school or higher education.