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The IFS’s verdict on George Osborne’s ‘deeply disappointing’ Budget

9 July 2015 14:22

In the March Budget – and, indeed in the Conservative manifesto – we were promised budget balance by 2018-19. That…

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Labour’s ‘secret plan’ attack exploits Tory silence on welfare cuts

29 April 2015 11:40

A common technique in gothic horror novels is to avoid describing whatever monster the author is trying to scare readers…

Party manifestos for the 2015 General Election campaign. Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Four things you need to know about the IFS’ manifesto analysis

23 April 2015 15:17

Nobody’s perfect, are they? The IFS found something to criticise today for all the parties — the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems…

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Were the Tories’ dodgy figures designed to provoke Labour into making a statement?

30 March 2015 18:28

Why are the Tories peddling what the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has described as ‘at best unhelpful’, which is…

U.K. Chancellor George Osborne Launches National Loan Guarantee Scheme

IFS: Osborne should come clean on his welfare cuts

19 March 2015 16:11

George Osborne this morning said that people should judge him on his track record, as he refused to set out…

George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, smiles as he carries the dispatch box containing the 2015 budget as he leaves 11 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Budget 2015: five things you need to know about the IFS analysis

19 March 2015 16:00

Did George Osborne hide any surprises in yesterday’s Budget? The Institute for Fiscal Studies delivered its post-budget analysis this afternoon and presented…


Revealed: where George Osborne’s axe will fall hardest

4 December 2014 18:07

If you think George Osborne has been a mad axe man, just wait to see the cuts he has planned for the…

Cabinets From Both UK And Scottish Governments Meet In North East Scotland

Scottish Independence: The Cost of Living Like This

28 May 2014 13:40

Yippee! The number-crunching boffins are at war again. The UK and Scottish governments have today released rival forecasts for life…

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Does Alex Salmond want to swap rule from London for rule by OPEC?

4 March 2014 17:30

Another day, another hole blown in Alex Salmond’s case for breaking up Britain. The IFS has today published its estimates…


Forget 50p — scrap the 60p tax rate

12 March 2013 14:50

Imagine if a Chancellor stood up and announced that those earning up to £100,000 would pay a 40p tax rate,…

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Tinkering with tax isn’t enough

22 February 2013 15:04

Should the 10p tax rate be brought back? Should the top rate be higher, or lower? Can the personal allowance…

Steve Webb has today announced that a new 'single tier' state pension will be introduced in 2017. Picture: Getty Images

Briefing: Simplifying the state pension

14 January 2013 18:11

There certainly seems to be something to be said for keeping an effective minister in the same post. After two…

The IFS says the policies in George Osborne's Autumn Statement will hit the rich and the poor, but make the upper middle better off. Picture: Getty Images

A budget for the squeezed middle

6 December 2012 16:55

Ed Miliband may have coined the term, but it seems George Osborne has the squeezed middle on his mind too.…

The IFS says George Osborne must not use the QE transfer to claim he's meeting his debt target. Graphic: Carla Millar

IFS warns Osborne: don’t cook the books, like Brown

26 November 2012 12:19

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has today published its attempt to predict what the OBR forecasts will show when they’re…


Balls wants you to trust him

6 May 2012 18:24

It’s only ten days or so since Ed Balls was last quizzed by Andrew Neil, but there he was rehashing…


Is Alexander ushering in Austerity Squared?

23 April 2012 12:15

23rd April, 2012 — mark it down in your calendars, CoffeeHousers. For, after weeks of froth and fury about tax,…


Balls goes on the attack over tax credits

5 April 2012 9:49

After all the commotion about various policies in last month’s Budget, the focus this morning has shifted to measures announced…


The IFS gives its Budget verdict

22 March 2012 16:15

The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ briefing is always a good place to pick up a few interesting nuggets of detail…


The man behind the Budget

17 March 2012 15:51

In today’s Telegraph, I profile Rupert Harrison, chief economic adviser to George Osborne and the man who’ll do more than…


The conflict over 50p has escalated once again

1 March 2012 10:00

Just like fuel duty, George Osborne can’t shake off the fury and discontent over the 50p tax rate. This morning,…


The 50p tax debate won’t be settled this year — but it might be escalated

11 February 2012 10:26

More evidence this morning that the government won’t be dropping the 50p rate any time soon, in the form of…


Your six-point guide to the Green Budget

1 February 2012 16:27

As promised earlier, here’s my more detailed supplementary take on today’s IFS Green Budget. I’ve distilled it down into six…


The view from the Institute for Fiscal Studies

1 February 2012 11:48

It’s the halftime coffee break here at the launch of the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ Green Budget, so I thought…

We need better schools, not more spending

25 October 2011 16:09

More money, better services? You might have thought that Gordon Brown had already tested that theory to destruction, but here…

Right to reply: The truth behind the poverty figures

11 October 2011 19:13

This morning, Fraser published a piece criticising the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ definition of poverty. Here is a counterpunch from…