Five key takeaways on UK household spending

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Incomes and Inequality

Yesterday the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its annual rundown of what UK households spend their money on. Quite a bit of the ONS’s analysis focused on who spends most on takeaways. But given household consumption is perhaps the most detailed and direct window on current living standards, there’s plenty more of interest in … Continued

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Three steps to make it a happier new year for Universal Credit

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Tax and Welfare

Universal Credit (UC) was a surprise contender for one of the big stories of the Budget, with the Chancellor announcing a welcome reinjection of cash into the system. UC has (finally) hit another important milestone too ­– as of December 2018, it is on offer to all new claimants of working-age benefits in jobcentres across … Continued

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Welcome to adulthood, millennial

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Intergenerational Commission

2018 is the year in which the babies of the millennium reach adulthood. Back in January, this was mainly marked by existential online angst about how those born when Britney Spears’s ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’ was in the charts are reaching legal drinking age. Today’s 18 in 2018 publication from the Office for National … Continued

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Council tax is a farce – it’s time for a real property tax

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Intergenerational Commission, Tax and Welfare

It’s an open secret that council tax is a dog’s dinner. It was conjured up in the early 1990s as a half-way house between the hated ‘poll tax’ and the old domestic rates system, meaning those in top-band properties have much lower tax rates than those in cheaper homes. In England and Scotland, it is … Continued

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How Philip Hammond can strike a blow for intergenerational fairness in his Budget

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Public Finances and the Economy, Intergenerational Commission

With the dust beginning to settle on a scandal-focused fortnight in Westminster politics, attention is turning back to the big event looming on the horizon – Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget in 12 days’ time. The backdrop looks challenging, with the Chancellor having to deal with the headache of a likely downgrade to the economic … Continued

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