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Neil Amin Smith

Neil Amin Smith

Research Economist


MPhil Economics, Cambridge University, 2013
Postgraduate Diploma Economics, Cambridge University, 2011
BA History, Cambridge University, 2010

Neil joined the IFS in 2016 and works as a Research Economist in the Pensions and Public Finance sector. He is currently working on a project studying local government finance.





Briefing note
English local government finance is part way through a series of major changes that will see its focus shift from being based on redistribution according to spending needs, towards more emphasis on providing financial incentives to tackle needs and boost local revenue-raising capacity. However, ...
Briefing note
The business rates retention scheme (BRRS) means that councils bear a proportion of the real-terms change in business rates revenues in their areas. When the BRRS was introduced in 2013–14, this proportion was up to 50%. However, since April 2017, the government has been piloting 100% retention ...

News and comment

Newspaper article
The recalculation of local government funding allocations should take into account all the ways councils could bring in money.
Newspaper article
David Phillips and Neil Amin-Smith examine the plans for radical overhaul of the council funding system, explore the impact of the funding pilot on local authority spending and question whether it is creating fairer distribution of funds for local authorities.