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Had Sajid Javid’s first Budget taken place as planned today he would have unveiled new forecasts showing that following considerable falls in borrowing over the current decade the era of deficit reduction is now at an end. Forecasts for borrowing next year would likely have been at least £30 ...
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Younger generations are accumulating no more wealth in the first decades of their working lives than did those born before them. This is a source of increasing concern. Our research suggests that this lower wealth accumulation need not be due to a change in attitudes among the young - it's not just ...
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Our new research shows that company owner-managers respond to changes in income taxes by adjusting how and when they take money out of their company and not by changing the amount of income they create or how much investment they do.
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Interest in how the economic circumstances of younger generations compare to those who are older shows no signs of slowing. Politicians on all sides of the debate express interest, or concern, in how trends in UK economy and society are affecting those who are currently in their 20s and 30s in ...
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Over 50 countries and localities, including the UK, have recently introduced taxes on soft drinks. In new IFS research funded by the National Institute of Health Research under the Department for Health’s Obesity Policy Research Unit, we survey the evidence on the effects of soft drink taxes on ...
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This coming Sunday is Pensions Awareness Day – an initiative to raise awareness of retirement planning.
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In a new working paper we use new data to reconfirm the distinction between age and death costs, and importantly to highlight differences in average end of life costs between individuals with different characteristics.
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The long awaited 2019 Spending Review has finally been timetabled.
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In a bid to become the next prime minister, both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt say they plan to increase the point at which people start paying National Insurance Contributions (NICs). This move would make the UK’s tax system even more different to those in most other developed countries in two ...
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In a new feasibility study, we conclude that it would be possible to implement and evaluate a new programme targeted at very young children in disadvantaged families. We also provide a blueprint for what the programme and evaluation could look like.