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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.

IFS research staff are happy to speak to the press about the findings of our work. If you are a member of the press and have an enquiry or would like to receive new press releases by email, please contact the Head of public relations, Bonnie Brimstone (020 7291 4818).

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We estimate that public sector pay awards announced by the government will cost around £800 million per year extra compared to the 1% increases previously planned for – with the largest cost to the Department for Education and the NHS.
Observation
Governments are responsible for spending huge amounts of public money. Effective control of that spending is essential if governments are to meet their fiscal objectives, deliver their desired policy outcomes, and achieve value for money for the taxpayer. A new IFS report, published today as part ...
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Between 2009-10 and 2017-18, total school spending per pupil in England fell by about 8% in real terms, which compares with about 5% in Wales.

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Press release
We estimate that public sector pay awards announced by the government will cost around £800 million per year extra compared to the 1% increases previously planned for – with the largest cost to the Department for Education and the NHS.
Press release
Between 2009-10 and 2017-18, total school spending per pupil in England fell by about 8% in real terms, which compares with about 5% in Wales.
Press release
The IFS, Health Foundation, King's Fund and Nuffield Trust publish analysis of funding pressures on the NHS and how public spending on health has changed relative to other services, and a review of the government's options for meeting these pressures in future.
News

IFS Research fellow Dr Abi Adams has been awarded the 2018 ESRC Outstanding Impact in Public Policy award. The award was given for her research on employment tribunal fees which contributed to the unanimous Supreme Court finding in July 2017 that the fee system for employment tribunal claimants was unlawful.

Her article on the adverse incentives of the fees, co-written with Dr Jeremias Prassl, was highlighted as a contribution to the Supreme Court verdict in a House of Commons Research briefing note. This successful case has inspired great interest in considering what evidence to draw on ...

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People with a longstanding illness are significantly less likely to be employed than those who are 'healthy'. This is on eof the findings of our annual flagship report 'Living standards, poverty and inequality'.
News

An article by IFS authors was the most downloaded in the journal Economica for 2017. The article, 'Two Decades of Income Inequality in Britain: The Role of Wages, Household Earnings & Redistribution', by Chris Belfield, Richard Blundell, Jonthan Cribb, Andrew Hood, and Robert Joyce was published in Economica in January 2017. In the paper, the authors study earnings and income inequality in Britain over the past two decades, including the period of relatively ‘inclusive’ growth from 1997 to 2004, and the Great Recession.

Find the full article here or download the summary.

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Evidence submitted to the Welsh Assembly Finance Committee's inquiry on preparations for the replacement of EU funding programmes after Brexit