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Polly Simpson

Polly Simpson

Research Economist


BA Economics and Management (1st Class), University of Oxford, 2014

Polly joined the IFS in 2016 as a Research Economist in the Pensions and Public Finance sector. Her current work covers devolved and local government finance, and analysis of public spending. Before joining IFS she worked in the Government Economic Service at the Department for Education and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is responsible for setting the overall direction for social care policy and funding in England. Recently DHSC has developed in-house modelling capacity to examine likely implications of possible reforms to the system for funding social care. This ...
External publication
The National Infrastructure Commission commissioned a team of academics and researchers at the IFS and UCL to create a software tool that estimates how land values respond to changes in land purpose or infrastructure improvements. The tool is now available online, and this page provides some ...

News and comment

Funding from local taxes available in the new local government finance system proposed by the government is unlikely to keep pace with rising spending pressures in coming years.
Following the provisional local government finance settlement for 2019–20, we look at how the funding cuts made over the four years between 2015–16 and 2019–20 are set to vary around the country.


This presentation was given at the launch of the IFS Green Budget 2018.
This presentation was given at a briefing following the March Budget 2017.