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Ministers will have to make unpopular decisions on taxation to raise health service funding, says Thomas Pope of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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How should we fund social care? When you try to answer such a big question, you quickly realise there are a whole host of underlying questions one needs to think about.
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Boys are falling way behind in tests and this summer’s World Cup may make it worse.
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Bringing health and social care under one department makes a lot of sense. Yet the differences in the ways we organise, pay for and prioritise these two sister services remain fundamental.
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Over the past 50 years we’ve pulled off a pretty remarkable trick. We have spent an ever growing fraction of our national income on the welfare state in general, and on health in particular, without apparently having to pay for it. The tax burden, at about 34 per cent of GDP, is not substantially ...
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In new work with the Health Foundation, we estimate that it would require an average growth in health spending of 3.3 per cent for the next 15 years just to keep the NHS providing the level of service it does today — with a slightly bigger increase to address immediate funding requirements.
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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.
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Making policy robust to change and uncertainty is vital.
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The idea of having our own trade policy, of cutting tariffs, of signing shiny new trade agreements sounds terribly enticing. The reality, though, is boring. Get a sense of scale, throw in some simple arithmetic and sprinkle a basic understanding of trade and it is obvious that the economic costs of ...
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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.
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In a new Municipal Journal article, David Phillips and Neil Amin-Smith discuss what the government might be hoping for from its business rates retention pilots and analyse the financial implications of the pilots for both pilot and non-pilot councils.
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An anti-obesity drive is about to see a tax introduced on sugary drinks across the UK, while Scotland is set to impose a minimum price on alcohol to target problem drinking. But does making unhealthy products more expensive persuade people to make "better" choices? And what are the trade-offs ...
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Towards the end of last month, the Department for Work and Pensions published the latest version of Households Below Average Income. Not a publication with a title to set the pulse racing, perhaps, but the most thorough analysis we have of what has been happening to household incomes and ...
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times.
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Carl Emmers, Deputy Director at IFS, is writing in the Times Red Box about the Chancellor's Spring Statement 2018.
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times.
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A new IFS report funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that one important factor in the gender wage gap is that mothers spend less time in paid work, and more time working part time, than do fathers, and as a result, they miss out on earnings growth associated with more experience.
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes about the power of statistics in an article for Prospect Magazine .
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times.
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Andrew Hood
The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that a large chunk of the £200bn debt held by UK households is manageable