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Reports provide in-depth coverage of findings from substantive research with long-term policy relevance. They are aimed at non-specialists, as well as academics.
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Tom Harris, Louis Hodge and David Phillips
The 2010s have been a decade of major financial change for English local government. Notonly have funding levels – and hence what councils can spend on local services – fallensignificantly; major reforms to the funding system have seen an increasing emphasis onusing funding to provide financial ...
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Whether the UK leaves the European Union, and if so on what terms, is a crucial issue andtherefore rightly should be the subject of much debate in the run-up to the generalelection on 12 December.
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Funding the National Health Service is the biggest single thing the government does, so itis not surprising that it is at the forefront of the election campaign.
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The IFS Green Budget 2019, in association with Citi and the Nuffield Foundation, is edited by Carl Emmerson, Christine Farquharson and Paul Johnson, and copy-edited by Judith Payne. The report looks at the issues and challenges facing Chancellor Sajid Javid as he prepares for his first Budget.
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Education spending is the second-largest element of public service spending in the UK behind health, representing about £91 billion in 2018–19 in today’s prices or about 4.2% of national income.
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Alison Andrew, Sonya Krutikova, Gabriela Smarrelli, Hemlata Verma, Abhishek Gautam, Ravi Verma, Madhumita Das, Pranita Achyut, Ronak Soni and Sanjay Sharma
This study is among the first to rigorously demonstrate potential of life skills interventions to change key outcomes of adolescent girls living in contexts where girls and women continue to be caught in a vicious cycle of low levels of human capital, low labour force participation rate, low wages, ...
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Maddalena Conte, Helen Miller and Thomas Pope
The UK raised 35% of national income in tax in 2018–19. Figure 1 shows that tax as a share of national income has fluctuated between around 30% and 35% of national income since the end of the second world war and been rising since the early 1990s. Tax revenues are now, just, higher as a share of ...
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Angus Armstrong, Orazio Attanasio, Sarah Cattan, Christine Farquharson, Emla Fitzsimons, Elaine Fulton and Sally Grantham-McGregor
We have established a new partnership between academics, local government and early years practitioners to develop, implement and evaluate a home-visiting programme for parents with very young children in England. In this feasibility study, we research local priorities and existing services to ...
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Jonathan Cribb, Helen Miller and Thomas Pope
Business owners have been the fastest-growing part of the UK labour force since at least 2000. Between 2000–01 and 2015–16, the number of employees grew by 15%, while self-employment (including those operating as a sole trader or as a partner in a partnership) grew by 25% and the number of ...
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This report examines how living standards – most commonly measured by households’ incomes – have changed for different groups in the UK, and the consequences that these changes have for income inequality and for measures of deprivation and poverty. In this latest report, we focus in ...