Back in Credit? Universal Credit after Budget 2018

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Tax and Welfare

This briefing note focuses on the implications of recent changes to Universal Credit (UC) – in particular the £1,000 increase in work allowances announced in Budget 2018 – for the number of winners and losers from the switch to this new benefit system, for UC’s generosity and for its impact on work incentives.   Key … Continued

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How to spend it: Autumn 2018 Budget response

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Public Finances and the Economy, Tax and Welfare

Defying expectations of a quiet Budget, the Chancellor yesterday delivered a statement with bigger political and economic shifts than many anticipated. Given the task of delivering a Prime Ministerial promise to ‘end austerity’ with a parliamentary arithmetic that rules out significant tax rises, Philip Hammond seized the lifeline of a much improved public finance forecast … Continued

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Tunnel vision: Autumn Budget 2018 and ‘ending austerity’

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Public Finances and the Economy, Tax and Welfare

In this briefing paper we explore the challenge facing the Chancellor in this year’s Budget: balancing the seemingly conflicting goals of ‘ending austerity’ and lowering debt as a share of GDP. The former comes with a price tag, while the latter precludes the option of meeting that cost simply through extra borrowing.

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The benefits of moving: Managing the transition of existing claimants to Universal Credit

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Tax and Welfare

The long implementation of Universal Credit (UC) has been far from smooth and we’ve become all too used to negative stories about roll-out delays and, more seriously, payment problems and financial hardship for those accessing the new system. The government, however, is likely to have been cheered at least by the fact that the roll-out … Continued

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Passing on: options for reforming inheritance taxation

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Intergenerational Commission, Tax and Welfare

Over the past 18 months, research for the Intergenerational Commission has illustrated how the assumption that each generation will do better than the one before it is under pressure. This paper is one of a series that moves beyond the diagnosis of these problems to consider what action is needed to address generational living standards … Continued

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Home affairs: options for reforming property taxation

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Intergenerational Commission, Tax and Welfare

Over the past 18 months, research for the Intergenerational Commission has illustrated how the assumption that each generation will do better than the one before it is under pressure. This paper is one of a series that moves beyond the diagnosis of these problems to consider what action is needed to address generational living standards … Continued

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