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    1. March 17, 2016

      Osborne faces rebellion over cuts to disability benefits

      George Osborne’s Budget balancing act became even more precarious as he faced a growing rebellion by Tory MPs over a...

    2. March 17, 2016

      IFS warns on dark outlook for public finances

      If economic forecasts deteriorate again, George Osborne will break all his budgetary rules and will not be able to...

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    1. March 17, 2016

      IFS criticises Budget ‘giveaways to the better off’

      Drinkers, drivers, higher earners and savers are the main winners from the 2016 Budget, according to analysis by the...

    2. Fast FT

      March 17, 2016

      Osborne's chances of meeting rule 'only just higher than 50-50'

      George Osborne’s chances of meeting the last of his three fiscal rules are “only just the right side of 50-50″ having...

    3. March 11, 2016

      The tax tale that ends in some being worse off as wages rise

      Once upon a time, not so very long ago, Chancellor Nigel decided to simplify the income tax system. By the time he had...

    4. February 8, 2016

      UK chancellor has to break records to balance books, says IFS

      An increasing squeeze on the UK’s public finances will require George Osborne to break several records if he is to...

    5. November 26, 2015

      Free Lunch: Plus ça change

      Free Lunch live on December 2: Martin Sandbu leads a conversation with Paul Johnson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies...

    6. November 26, 2015

      Autumn Statement: An economist’s view from Paul Johnson

      It is a measure of how our expectations have changed. The chancellor delivered billions of pounds of spending cuts...

    7. November 24, 2015

      Free Lunch: Europe, unreconstructed

      Free Lunch live on December 2: Martin Sandbu leads a conversation with Paul Johnson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies...

    8. November 19, 2015

      Free Lunch: Not too much of a good thing

      Free Lunch live on December 2: Martin Sandbu leads a conversation with Paul Johnson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies...

    9. November 18, 2015

      Free Lunch: The cost of destruction

      Free Lunch live on December 2: Martin Sandbu leads a conversation with the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ Paul Johnson...

    10. November 17, 2015

      Free Lunch: Gold substandard

      A live Free Lunch on December 2 will feature a conversation between the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ Paul Johnson, the...

    11. November 13, 2015

      Free Lunch: The long view

      Tickets are available here for a live Free Lunch: a conversation between Martin Sandbu and the Institute for Fiscal...

    12. November 11, 2015

      Free Lunch: The potential of Paris

      Tickets are available here for a live Free Lunch: a conversation between Martin Sandbu and the Institute for Fiscal...

    13. November 10, 2015

      Free Lunch: The worldwide debt danger

      Tickets are available here for a live Free Lunch: a conversation between Martin Sandbu and the Institute for Fiscal...

    14. November 6, 2015

      Free Lunch: The underemployment epidemic

      We are excited to invite readers to the first live Free Lunch: a conversation between Martin Sandbu and the Institute...

    15. October 26, 2015

      Few viable tax credit ‘tweaking’ options, say experts

      Welfare experts have made clear there are few viable options for “tweaking” the government’s contentious tax credit...

    16. The Exchange

      August 20, 2015

      UK needs a statistical strategy to catch up with digital disruption

      High quality official statistics are vital to the functioning of the state — as the etymology of the word suggests —...

    17. July 9, 2015

      Higher wage will not compensate for tax credit cuts, IFS says

      A higher national minimum wage will not compensate poorer working families for lost tax credits, the Institute for...

    18. July 2, 2015

      Free Lunch: Tinker, tailor, taxman, fixer?

      Beyond the Budget Next week, George Osborne,UK chancellor, presents the first Budget of the new Tory-only government....

    19. June 8, 2015

      Supermarket prices fall faster than official inflation measure

      The price of food and drink in supermarkets has fallen significantly faster during the past year than the official...

    20. April 28, 2015

      General election: IFS attacks parties’ pension proposals

      Plans for curbs on pension tax relief drawn up by both main political parties in the UK have been lambasted by an...

    21. April 2, 2015

      Bishop joins effort to restore faith in UK banking system

      Dame Colette Bowe has assembled a diverse board including a bishop, a philosopher and a trade unionist to oversee the...

    22. March 19, 2015

      Osborne’s Budget claims: where does truth lie?

      With a general election seven weeks away, the chancellor’s slogans dominated Budget day, many of them strongly...

    23. Westminster Blog

      December 5, 2014

      How Osborne's giveaways were overshadowed by gruesome borrowing figures

      There was a touch of swagger about George Osborne on Wednesday as he told the country he had created a “strong” economy...

    24. December 5, 2014

      Stamp duty now merely a ‘bad’ tax

      Britain’s stamp duty regime will continue to distort the housing market in spite of radical reforms unveiled by George...

    25. December 4, 2014

      Think-tank criticises George Osborne’s ‘bad habits’ on tax

      George Osborne has flattered the public finances by using a temporary tax increase for banks to finance permanent tax...

    26. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Tax receipts fall short of forecasts

      The fragility of the public finances was underlined on Wednesday by official forecasts suggesting that the tax-to-GDP...

    27. November 16, 2014

      Cameron says future Tory government would cut income tax

      David Cameron has insisted that a future Tory government would cut income tax and has “no plans” to raise VAT to fund...

    28. July 24, 2014

      Why tax systems are trickier than Martian algebra

      Tax is a divisive subject but everyone seems to agree on one point: taxes are too complicated and should be simpler....

    29. May 13, 2014

      Chancellors make tax complicated and inefficient, says IFS chief

      George Osborne and his predecessors are accused of making the tax system “more complicated, less efficient and less...

    30. March 20, 2014

      IFS criticises George Osborne for Budget ‘bad habits’

      The chancellor is taking risks with his own deficit reduction programme by using temporary measures to finance...

    31. March 19, 2014

      Budget 2014: Economists’ views

      Paul Johnson, Institute for Fiscal Studies This Budget will be remembered for some radical changes to the taxation of...

    32. December 6, 2013

      Autumn Statement 2013: ‘Little left to squeeze’ warns IFS

      There will soon be little “left to squeeze” in the public sector, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned...

    33. October 7, 2013

      Scottish engineering innovation leads global oil industry

      The North Sea presents oil producers with some of their biggest challenges. Aside from conditions on the surface –...

    34. June 27, 2013

      Osborne criticised for ‘woeful’ delivery

      The UK’s leading think-tank on fiscal policy has criticised the chancellor of the exchequer for the “woeful”...

    35. June 26, 2013

      IFS chief warns of UK tax rises ahead

      The British government is likely to raise taxes after the next election as it struggles to cut public spending further,...

    36. May 16, 2013

      Statistics watchdog announces review of inflation measure

      The UK Statistics Authority announced a fundamental review of the measurement of inflation on Thursday, following its...

    37. February 6, 2013

      Spending cuts will change UK, says IFS

      Government plans to slash departmental spending after the election look “very hard to deliver” and would dramatically...

    38. January 8, 2013

      Tories turn heat on better-off pensioners

      Britain’s wealthy pensioners will no longer be insulated against the full force of austerity measures after the next...

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