Public spending and finance

We conduct ongoing analysis of the outturns of, and outlook for, the public finances. Our work in this area assesses the records of successive governments, and looks at forecasts for government revenues and spending (overall and in specific areas), with the aim of informing the public debate.

We conduct timely analysis of issues related to:

We also produce monthly bulletins analysing the latest public finance numbers.

Our website provides data and useful background information on historic trends and recent issues relating to:

Where next for tax and spend?

| Observations

Following seven years of spending cuts following the financial crisis and associated record deficit, there is a growing call for the government to “end austerity”. Yet current plans imply more spending cuts as the government looks to reduce the deficit further. This observation – and an associated joint event with the Institute for Government – reflects on what ending austerity might mean in the context of the scale and shape of the planned fiscal tightening.

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Higher Education funding in England: past, present and options for the future

| Briefing Note

Higher Education funding in England: past, present and options for the future

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Response to government consultation on business rate retention

| Mimeos

This is a response by David Phillips, an Associate Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), to the government consultation “100% business rates retention: further consultation on the design of the reformed system”. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author only. The IFS has no corporate views.

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