England Could Do More To Predict And Prevent Temporary Maternity Ward Closures

Elaine Kelly | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK
Elaine Kelly

Maternity units in England operate at 100% capacity much of the time. When capacity is breached, units may occasionally have to close temporarily to new admissions, causing stress to women in labour and undermining their choice over where to have their babies. New work by IFS unpicks some of the causes of closures.

Revealed: The Ruinous Effect Of Higher Inflation After The Brexit Vote

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK

Britons’ financial situation worsened in the first half of this year, as higher inflation since the Brexit vote began to bite, an influential survey...

The Facts On Income Inequality In The UK Might Surprise You

Andrew Hood | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Hood

So income inequality has fallen across the country recently, having fallen furthest in London, and income gaps between regions - while substantial - are responsible for only a small portion of inequality in the UK There are good reasons to expect some of this to change.

Theresa May Accused Of Failing 'Just About Managing' Families In First Year As PM

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May has been accused of failing working families after figures revealed millions are no better off than they were 15 years ago. Thursday marks...

International Fashion Showcase Takes London Fashion Week Global

Brooke Roberts-Islam | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Style
Brooke Roberts-Islam

There's a huge amount to see at London Fashion Week every season, but pausing and pondering regional design talent and forces in countries around the ...

Middle-income Families: Receiving More Benefits, Less Likely to Own Home

Jonathan Cribb | Posted 15.07.2017 | UK
Jonathan Cribb

We all know about differences between children from rich, poor and middle-income families. Or at least we think we do. But new research that we have undertaken at the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that these differences have changed dramatically. In terms of their sources of income and rates of home-ownership, middle-income families look much more like poorer families, and much less like high-income families, than they used to.

Your Country Needs You, Like, Now

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Politics
Alex Ratcliffe

Your country needs you, now. It needs you to not roll up in that polling booth and 'go with your gut instinct'. It's given you a heavy responsibility, one you might like to say "no thanks" to, but there it is anyway, weighing on your shoulders. Your country needs you to take a deep breath after the vitriolic debates of so many months, after the horrors of last week, after the despair and pain and confusion. Your country needs you to think clearly. So think.

Have Women Really Graduated From the University of Gender Inequality?

Sam Smethers | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Smethers

Good news is always welcome, so let's start there. New IFS research shows that the graduate 'premium' is more significant for women. They are likely to earn three times as much as employed women who do not have a degree. For male graduates the ratio is twice that of those working without the benefit of higher education...

Why Having A Degree Is Much More Valuable If You're Female

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK

Going to university makes a bigger difference to women's earnings than it does to men's, according to new research that suggests the ‘graduate premi...

The £117 per Hour Childcare Subsidy

Martin Whitlock | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

To make sense of this the government needs to understand that caring does not function like the money economy. Time spent on it is not a cost to society, but a vital benefit, and the more of it a society can do, the richer it becomes.

Higher Tuition Fees To Cost Taxpayers 'Millions' In The Future

The Huffington Post UK | Luke Terry | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Higher tuition fees will cost taxpayers millions of pounds in the long term, and will save far less money than originally predicted, a report has reve...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Let Them Buy Lamborghinis

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 21 March 2014... 1) LET THEM BUY LAMBORGHINIS The Mirror wins the best headline award for it...

Squeezing Public Sector Pay Can't Be Done for Too Much Longer

Dan Corry | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

The uptick in growth is real and brings a welcome increase in jobs in its wake. Of course, growth is pretty anaemic compared with what we normally get after a massive downturn and, unlike many other countries, we are not yet back to the level of output before the crash.

Children Of '60s And '70s To Rely On Inherited Wealth

PA | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK

The children of the 1960s and 1970s will only be better off than the previous generation when they retire due to inherited wealth, a leading economic ...

Why I Wrote to Alex Salmond

Lord Foulkes | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Foulkes

The arc of prosperity, it seems, bends towards an independent Scotland, regardless of the facts. I expect to find exactly this kind of wishful thinking, obfuscation, and make believe in Tuesday's White Paper in which the SNP will lay out its plans and projections for an independent Scotland.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Behind On The Bedroom Tax

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 19 September 2013... 1) BEHIND ON THE 'BEDROOM TAX' How's the 'spare room subsidy/'bedroom tax' doi...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Coalition's Tax Bombshell?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 28 June 2013... 1) THE COALITION'S TAX BOMBSHELL? George Osborne may have run out of cuts to announce...

'The Face Of Poverty Has Become Younger'

PA | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK

Young adults have seen their income slashed most by the recession while pensioners continue to receive more and more, researchers have revealed. Th...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'The Longest Slump In A Century'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 12 June 2013... 1) 'THE LONGEST SLUMP IN A CENTURY' Forget (our anaemic) growth for a moment - focu...

Gap Between Rich And Poor Set To Widen

PA | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK

Income inequality will return to near the levels seen before the recession as welfare cuts bite, a respected economic think tank has said. The Inst...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Immigration - Cable Vs Clegg

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Friday 22 March 2013... 1) IMMIGRATION - CABLE VS CLEGG From the Sun: "A spectacular clash between Nick Cl...

IFS Warn Of More Welfare Cuts And Taxes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK Politics

The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned that further welfare cuts and tax rises are "on the cards" if the Chancellor is to meet ...

Could Austerity Last Until 2018?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK

The era of austerity could last until 2018 as George Osborne is forced to extend spending cuts still further into the next parliament, a respected eco...

NHS Funding Squeeze Set To Last At Least 10 Years

PA | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK

The range of services available free on the NHS should be reconsidered, financial experts have said, after research suggests that the health service i...

The Couple Penalty: IFS Warn On Benefit Cap

PA | Posted 03.02.2012 | UK Politics

The government's benefit cap may create a "couple penalty" in the welfare system, encouraging spouses and partners to live apart, a leading economic t...