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The amount the Government brings in and spends matters for both the size of the state and the spending envelope within which policy can be made. Our work considers trends in public spending, and what these mean for the size and shape of the state.

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James Smith

James Smith

Research Director
T: 0203 372 2956
E: james.smith@resolutionfoundation.org

Felicia Odamtten

Economist
T: 0203 372 2916
E: felicia.odamtten@resolutionfoundation.org
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Cutting back on the investment and delivery of public services is not what the economy needs – or what the electorate wants

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The Government’s current plans for post-election cuts to public spending look undeliverable given rising prices and increasing demand on services. As discussed below, plans to cap day-to-day spending increases at…
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Events

Tax cuts today, spending cuts tomorrow?

How the Budget might shape the General Election and beyond

An election is coming, and therefore so are tax cuts in the Budget on 6th March. But the size of those tax cuts are dependent on the amount of fiscal…
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Events

Autumn (Statement) Watch

The economy is set to be a defining feature of the run in to next General Election. Inflation is falling, but so too is consumer confidence. Tax revenues are going…
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Events

Creaking at the seams

Can we bring Britain’s trains, drains and mains into the 21st Century?

Britain faces a simply huge infrastructure challenge. As well as decarbonising our homes, we need to modernise our water, energy and transport networks, replacing basic infrastructure that often dates back…
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Thinking about tomorrow

Overcoming the UK’s low and volatile public investment problem

The UK has been under-investing for decades. British business isn’t keen on investing, and the public sector if anything does even worse. Public investment is not only low by international…
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Events

Back to basics Budget?

What Jeremy Hunt’s March Budget has in store

2022 marked a tough year, with soaring inflation sparking a cost-of-living crisis and repeated government announcements to tackle it. And that was before the Autumn economic policy chaos. The economics…
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Events

A fiscal reset?

Assessing the Autumn Statement 2022

The new Prime Minister and Chancellor have set one central objective for the Autumn Statement – restore economic credibility. They have set the test for doing so as putting the…
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Under new management

Where will the new Prime Minister steer the UK economy?

Britain is in the midst of a political and economic crisis, with four Chancellors and three Prime Ministers in four months. And with the latest political turmoil triggered by attempts…
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