Institute for Fiscal Studies

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.

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.

Lib Dems Accuse Government Of Creating 'Ghettos Of Poverty'

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Politics

Workers in the south east of England - the most well-off region in the country - earn up to 25% more than those across the rest of the UK, new researc...

Poorest Students Leaving University With Debts Of £57,000, Say IFS

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education

The government’s dramatic 2012 tuition fee changes made the poorest graduates better off - but subsequent reform has “more than wiped out” the b...

Tory Government 'Poses Biggest Threat To School Funding' Think Tank Warns

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A Tory win in the General Election would pose the biggest threat to school funding, a leading think tank has warned. According to the Institute for F...

Workers Earned £2,000 Less Than Thought Under Cameron

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Politics

Fresh evidence of Britain’s pay squeeze has emerged with new figures showing workers in small firms earned £2,000 less than previously thought unde...

Children And Poor To Suffer Most From Slow Rise In Living Standards

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics

Children and the poor will be hardest hit by unprecedented weak growth in living standards that will see households £5,000 a year worse off than prev...

Gender Pay Gap - The Terrifying 10% That No-One's Talking About

Jo Arden | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Jo Arden

But it is the 10% that sends a real shudder down my spine. It must be a fact that we are somehow all complicit in a work culture that starts to shortchange women right from the start of their careers. Stopping the gender pay gap being present from the outset is the only way we will stop it from widening later.

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.

Child Poverty To Rise - Thanks To Osborne's Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics

Tory benefit cuts will lead to more than 2.6 million British children living in poverty by 2020, a new study has revealed. The research by the Inst...

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...

Budget Won't Create a Youth Homelessness Funding Crisis - We're Already Facing One

Paul Noblet | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The aftermath of the Budget will be dominated by talk of who is better or worse off, but will it come too late for some of the most vulnerable people in our society? Support for youth homelessness is not on the verge of a funding crisis. It's already in one.

'Vote Tory, And Osborne Will Make The Biggest Cuts In The World'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne will make the deepest cuts in the industrialised world if the Tories win May's general election, an influential think-tank has warned. ...

Asa Bennett

George Osborne's New 'Political Gimmick' Is Being Widely Mocked | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne's new target for the next government to eliminate the deficit has attracted derision from Labour, Ukip and the Taxpayers' Alliance. ...

5 Awkward Charts Osborne Doesn't Want You To See

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics

As the Tories burnish their "long term economic plan" in their campaign to win this May's general election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has issue...

Osborne Still Isn't Convinced By IDS's Flagship Welfare Project

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Politics

The future of Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit scheme has been thrown into more doubt after Treasury officials admitted that they had still not si...

Osborne Still Has 'Colossal Cuts' To Make

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne needs to make "spending cuts on a colossal scale" to meet his spending plans after the next election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies ...

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.

Tax Cuts For The Rich? 4 Damning Graphs Cameron Doesn't Want You To See

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron revealed today that the Tories plan to fight the next general election on a tax-cutting platform, as he unveiled two major pledges at th...

Galloway Says Party Leaders Are Worse Than Hitler As Scottish Break Up Looms

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK

Britain’s political class may soon achieve what Hitler failed to do, controversial MP George Galloway has said, by destroying Britain in the case of...

Galloway Denies Comparing Scottish Nationalists To Nazis

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics

George Galloway has denied comparing the Scottish National Party to Nazis after pro-independence campaigners claimed that the BBC edited out the alleg...

You're £1,000 Worse Off Due To Osborne, Says Balls

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics

Families will be almost £1,000 a year worse off as a result of chancellor George Osborne's tax and benefit changes, Labour has claimed as it escalate...

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.

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...