Category - Institute for Fiscal Studies

  • April 6, 2018

    The IFS says about 160,000 children who would have qualified for free school meals under the legacy benefits system will find themselves ineligible under Universal Credit.

  • November 2, 2017

    The IFS predicts absolute child poverty will rise by four percentage points, with three quarters of the rise attributable to benefit changes.

  • October 31, 2017

    New analysis by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies provides a comprehensive assessment of the UK's public finances and the options available to the Chancellor in his November Budget. It shows a defining choice: maintain commitment to a public finance surplus or respond to growing demands for increased public spending.

  • July 11, 2017

    Over the last 20 years, growth in the earnings of working fathers has been extremely slow, at 0.3 per cent a year on average, while mothers’ earnings have grown by more than two per cent a year. As a result, it has become increasingly difficult for families where only the father is working to keep up with other families.

  • November 25, 2016

    Church Action on Poverty has responded to the Autumn Statement, saying that "the incomes of the poorest are hardest hit whilst the wealthy escape scot free."

  • January 31, 2015

    Trade unions are urging the UK Government to invest in jobs and wages to achieve a genuine economic turnaround.

  • January 5, 2012

    New evidence from the Institute for Fiscal Studies for the Family and Parenting Institute shows government policies and cuts hitting vulnerable families hard.

  • March 26, 2011

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) cannot be accused of being a radical think-tank, but its probing of the government's economic policies since May 2010 has been shaped by a social and environmental awareness (it has cooperated with businesses and researchers on a 'green budget') and by a determination to move below the surface of political posturing to examine what the data is and how it is being used. The picture it offers is rather different to the coalition's spin.

  • March 23, 2011

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that measures due to come into place in April 2011 will be equivalent to a loss of £200 per household on average.

  • December 20, 2010

    Between now and 2013-14 average incomes are forecast to stagnate and both absolute and relative poverty among children and working-age adults are expected to rise.