Posts Tagged “institute for fiscal studies”

IFS verdict: Labour’s 10p tax idea “has no plausible economic justification”

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2013

Ed Miliband’s announcement yesterday that Labour will re-introduce a 10p starting rate of income tax paid for through the introduction of Vince Cable’s mansion tax has received a tepid response from the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The IFS put out a note yesterday headed simply, Better options exist to help low earners than 10p tax […]

Making work pay – how taxes should work better for the ‘squeezed middle’

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2012

The Resolution Foundation helped give birth to the phrase ‘squeezed middle’: that group of low-income individuals and families just above the threshold to qualify for most welfare help, but only just able to make ends meet, and always in danger of slipping back into poverty. Today they’ve published a report written by Paul Johnson, Director […]

What the IFS says about Lib Dem policies (the good and the less good)

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2010

The Institute for Fiscal Studies today delivered its Election Briefing 2010 verdict. We’ve looked at what it says about Lib Dem policies, and publish relevant extracts, below – highlighting both the positive aspects, and those where the IFS says the Lib Dems are lacking.
But if you don’t have time to read even our filleted […]

IFS on Tories’ pupil premium policy: one in 10 schools could suffer 10%+ budget cuts

by Stephen Tall on March 4, 2010

The ‘pupil premium’ – the Lib Dem proposal to invest an extra £2.5bn in schools which could be used to cut class sizes, offer one-on-one tuition and provide catch-up classes – is a policy which Nick Clegg has passionately advocated for over seven years. It is now one of the party’s four key policies emphasising […]