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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
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 ...
Briefing note
This report argues that ongoing reforms to local government finance risk a growing funding gap for adult social care and conflict with efforts to provide consistent and high-quality care services across the country.

News and comment

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.
Newspaper article
A second round of councils began piloting so-called 100% rates retention this month. Neil Amin-Smith and David Phillips from the Institute for Fiscal Studies look at the financial implications of the pilots.