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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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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

Laura Gardiner

Research Director
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  • Economy and public finances

Publications

Macroeconomic Policy Outlook Q3 2020

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This is our regular Macro Policy Outlook, providing a policy-focused take on the economy. In this edition, we focus on the labour market, and the prospects for unemployment. While the…
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Comment

Sunak’s crisis-fighting measures: time to scale up?

The Chancellor’s policy announcements are generating wide discussion but are the sums commensurate with the depth of the downturn?

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This week the Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his “Summer Economic Update.” In case it’s not clear, this wasn’t technically a Budget. That said, it still contained more policy than all…
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Publications

Summer Economic Update July 2020

Resolution Foundation overnight analysis

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This was not a Budget, but was still a big deal with £30bn of measures to support the economy. This is particularly significant when seen in combination with £160bn of…
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Events

The real deal

A recovery plan for Britain’s economy

Following a quickfire presentation of a major new RF report on how to support the recovery, we will be hearing the views of Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband and former…
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Events

Building a nation to belong to

Preparing for a new post-pandemic economy

Live interactive webinar to launch new book ‘The economics of belonging’ by Martin Sandbu. Register to receive access link. In just over a decade, the UK has been hit by…
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Publications

The Macroeconomic Policy Outlook Q2 2020

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This is the second Macro Policy Outlook, providing a policy-focused take on the economy. In this edition, we bring together the insights from new research into the impact of coronavirus…
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Public finances under pressure

Lessons for policy makers from April’s public finance figures

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April’s Public Sector Finances data capture the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown and provide a sobering reminder of the fiscal costs of the pandemic. Public sector net borrowing…
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Events

An economic battleplan

Assessing the design and delivery of Britain’s COVID-19 response

Faced with an unprecedented economic crisis, the Government and the Bank of England have announced an unprecedented package of support measures – from business loans and more generous benefits, to…
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