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A new poverty measure combines elements of the current absolute and relative measures by comparing incomes to a rolling three-year average of median incomes. So how many people are in poverty in the UK? Just over a fifth of the population, a fraction which appears to have changed little over the ...
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Whitehall and councils agree: new assessments of spending needs should be evidence-based and objective. But is that possible?
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When it comes to big decisions around Brexit and independence it is dangerous to pretend that the political choice does not require some serious economic choices too, says IFS Director Paul Johnson in The Times.
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The recalculation of local government funding allocations should take into account all the ways councils could bring in money.
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The last time the government updated its assessment of what different councils in England need to spend was in 2013. And since 2016, the cuts the government has been making to the grants it gives to councils have taken into account the council tax revenues they raised in 2015-16. This has left ...
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We have have a rather oblique and expensive way of instilling general skills at university. It is probably one reason why those from less advantaged backgrounds still earn so much less than their better-off peers doing exactly the same course.
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Rising house prices have not only left fewer young people able to buy a home, they have also divided them into property "haves" and "have-nots".
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Received wisdom says household income has stagnated since 2008. Actually the problem goes further back.
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Two weighty fiscal reports were published last Tuesday. Neither document makes for terribly comfortable reading.
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Major changes are afoot in English local government finance. The Fair Funding Review will see new methods and formulae to redistribute funding between councils according to their assessed spending needs and revenue-raising capacity. The expansion of the business rates retention scheme is likely to ...
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It's important to think about the overall effects of taxes. Business rates bring in a handy £30 billion a year for government - abolishing them won't help local shops
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It is now just over two years since the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. Since then, it is fair to say that there has been a confusing barrage of apparently contradictory claims about the state of the economy.
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Between 2011 and 2016, he lowest earners saw rises of more than 10 per cent in their earnings over that period, while middle earners had increases of only 4 per cent. Top earners got nothing at all.
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The Prime Minister has committed to spending increases for the NHS over the next five years and promised this would be at least partly funded by a ‘Brexit dividend’. This is not the first time that NHS spending increases have been linked to the UK’s exit from the EU – the now infamous £350 ...
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Following widespread austerity measures introduced in 2009/10, public funding for adult social care has fallen substantially. In particular, funding for social care for people aged 65 and older has been particularly hard hit, falling by 21% between 2009/10 and 2015/16. While some additional money ...
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It’s ten years since those heady pre-crisis days when boom and bust had supposedly been abolished, when we seemed able to afford ever more public spending, and when we could expect earnings to always rise ahead of inflation. The great recession continues to cast a long shadow over all our lives, ...
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U.S. postgraduates enjoy greater wage stability over the business cycle than people with only bachelor degrees, finds Ran Gu
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We are constantly being lectured about how we should save more for our retirements. Maybe we should. But what happens next? It’s all very well having assets when you get to retirement age, but that still leaves another 20 years or more to manage and make use of them. How we do that can have as ...
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lot of factors influence how much an individual earns. Some of these are determined before you are born: how rich your parents are, as well as your gender and ethnicity. Some are decided very early on in life, such as performance at school. But some of these factors are choices, such as what and ...
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Research led by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, released by the Department for Education yesterday has highlighted the importance of university courses in determining graduates’ earnings. But what are the implications for government policy?