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Our work explores the choices being taken by the government with regard to public finances and how these choices may affect different parts of the population, particularly those on low incomes.


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Rounding up

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Putting the 2019 Spending Round into context

In his September 2019 Spending Round the Chancellor rightly declared he was “turning the page” on austerity and “writing a new chapter in our public services”. But he has also ripped up his own fiscal rulebook, almost certainly breaking the fiscal ‘mandate’ in the near-term and casting significant doubt over his ability to keep debt falling as a share of GDP over the coming years.

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James Smith

James Smith

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E: james.smith@resolutionfoundation.org
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Beveridge mark II?

The future of social security

From a new ‘triple-locked’ state pension to big welfare cuts for young families and the roll-out of the Universal Credit, no area of the state has undergone such a radical…
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The shifting shape of UK tax

Charting the changing size and shape of the UK tax system

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Ahead of the general election, this report looks at how and why levels of UK taxation have changed over time; how its make-up has shifted; the challenges facing the tax…
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Rewriting the rules

Assessing Conservative and Labour’s new fiscal frameworks

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Fiscal rules are technical frameworks only ever focused on by a tiny fraction of the population. But they are important for government’s running of our public finances, and for having…
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The shape of things to come

Charting the changing size and shape of the UK state

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This report marks the first in a series of pre-election pieces that focus on the fiscal backdrop to the vote. It takes a long-run view of the size and shape…
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The shape of things to come

Assessing the main parties' plans for tax and spend

Monday 4 November, 9.40-11am, Resolution Foundation offices, Westminster | Part I of a pre-election trilogy of RF events on the past, present and future of the state After almost a decade…
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Seeking public value

The case for balance sheet targeting in fiscal policy

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With the government’s current fiscal rules set to expire next year, this paper makes the case for government’s next fiscal framework to move beyond the narrow focus on debt and…
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Dealing with ‘no deal’

The economic policy response to a ‘no deal’ Brexit

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This report provides a framework for understanding what role macroeconomic policy can play in alleviating the economic impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
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