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Today, about 1.6 million employees aged 25 and over are paid exactly at the living wage of £7.83 an hour. That's more than three times as many as were on the minimum wage in the early 2000s, soon after it was introduced.
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The Spring Statement is a timely reminder that the nation faces challenges beyond Brexit. Slow economic growth is expected to continue, the deficit is still some way from being eliminated, and further cuts for unprotected public services are expected.
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The government spends an astonishing £22 billion a year on housing benefit. That dwarfs spending on the police, on overseas aid and the budgets of many entire government departments.
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The UK Statistics Authority publishes three headline inflation measures every month. One of them "it knows to be wrong", writes Paul Johnson - this has to change.
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The value of the pound has changed a lot over the past three years - making us all a little poorer. Back in December 2015, £1 would buy you about €1.40. Today it will get you nearer €1.14. It has suffered a similar fate against most major currencies, losing about 15% of its value over that ...
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The present system of local government finance isn’t sustainable. Something is going to have to give.
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There are few concerns older than that with inequality. It's time to do something about it.
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Why do we still risk emitting far too much carbon, ending up with a no-deal Brexit and doing little effectively to tackle inequality?
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There's too much distance between academic research and the work of government. That means there's still plenty of space for organisations like the IFS which can bridge the gap, 50 years after we were founded.
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The failures of our economic policy in recent decades have not arisen from constraints imposed by the European Union, they have been our own failures.
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Orazio Attanasio, Peter Levell, Hamish Low and Virginia Sanchez-Marcos
Economists disagree on the size of labour supply elasticities. The column uses a model of female labour supply to show that there is substantial heterogeneity in both cross section and over the business cycle. It is not possible to think about labour supply elasticity as a unique structural ...
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The independence of the UK Statistics Authority and the Committee on Climate Change makes their analysis, statistics and recommendations trustworthy. It allows governments to be held to account.
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It's a fact that spending on schools in England is much higher than it was 20 years ago. But that's not the full picture in a country which has seen a population boom coincide with a squeeze on public spending. Spending per pupil is actually lower than it was in 2010 in today's prices - as is the ...
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Men with low levels of formal qualifications have had a terrible time in the labour market and are at risk of worse to come.
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The chancellor managed to ease the squeeze on the public sector with his Budget on Monday but he dodged the tough decisions needed to come up with long-term solutions for funding services, says Ben Zaranko.
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IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times ahead of the Autumn Budget 2018.
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The budget is less than two weeks away. Philip Hammond will have some good news to announce on the deficit. But mostly the challenges facing the UK public finances suggest that some very difficult choices will need to be made over the next few years.
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Workers in certain manufacturing sectors are particularly exposed to potential trade barriers with the EU and could struggle to find jobs elsewhere.
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David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the current health of local government finance, and the prospects of a 'fairer' funding formula helping improve the situation.
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It is hard to overstate just how big a change universal credit will be. It will create millions of winners and losers. Any poll tax moment, though, is most likely to occur for administrative reasons.