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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Why intergenerational fairness is rising up the agenda, in 10 charts

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Incomes and Inequality, Intergenerational Commission

The prospects of today’s younger generation is a topic that graces newspaper headlines and politician’s speeches with increasing regularity. In the middle of party conference season, here’s a 10-chart guide to where the concern is coming from and what those seeking to address the challenge should be focusing on. Jobs and pay Young people were … Continued

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Votey McVoteface: what’s driving the generational turnout gap, and why it matters

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Incomes and Inequality, Intergenerational Commission

We are a couple of weeks away from a General Election. Candidates will be shaking hands with as many potential voters as they can, aiming to win their support. But most will prioritise the bingo halls over the student unions because, as is well known, older people are much more likely to make it to … Continued

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