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Carol Propper, Isabel Stockton and George Stoye
Improving the retention of NHS staff has been a long-term policy challenge, and will be of even greater importance in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. A new report by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Imperial College London, as part of the National Institute for Health ...
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The emerging consensus to prioritise school reopenings is welcome. But how the return to school is managed is just as important as when. An optional return risks widening the gaps between disadvantaged students and their better-off peers. And even if the return to school is compulsory and soon, we ...
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We have had 13 major fiscal announcements since the last Budget on March 11th last year. Those announcements have involved more than £250 billion of additional spending, largely focussed on supporting public services, jobs, businesses and incomes through the pandemic.
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The COVID-19 crisis has hit employment and incomes across the UK, which in turn has affected some households’ ability to pay major bills such as council tax. As a result, councils expect to collect £1.3 billion less council tax in 2020–21 than they forecast before the COVID-19 crisis. The ...
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In a new IFS observation, Luke Sibieta, Research Fellow at the IFS, sets out the potential long-run costs of lost schooling. The figures are extremely large and are not intended as precise estimates. Instead, they are intended to illustrate the scale of potential costs and risks we face, and the ...
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The SEISS scheme provides payments once per quarter worth 80% of pre-pandemic profits up to a cap of £7,500 (per quarter) for eligible self-employed workers who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. However, despite huge spending on these support packages, important groups of ...
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A new report by IFS researchers, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, argues that the parts of the UK tax system that dictate how different forms of income are taxed are not fit for purpose. The report offers both a long-term solution to these problems and practical steps towards achieving a fairer ...
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Thursday’s Local Government Finance Settlement set out an increase in core funding for English councils of up to £2.2 billion (4.5%) next year, and highlighted £3 billion of additional support for COVID-19 costs.
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During the first national lockdown, spending plunged by around a third. But from October to November (the second English lockdown), spending in England increased by about 2%. While that’s considerably weaker than the 10% growth seen in Scotland over the same period, clearly the effects of the ...
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Our researchers provide their initial reaction and commentary on the Spending Review 2020 announcements and OBR forecasts.