General Election 2015: analysing the evidence
12 January 2015
We are funding several projects designed to help inform public debate ahead of this year's General Election.
IFS Election Briefings
The IFS Election Briefings will provide analysis of what has happened over this parliament and the implications of the different parties’ fiscal policies. The scope of the briefings covers public finances, public spending, living standards, earnings, inequality, tax, welfare, pensions, education and productivity. Those published so far are:
- An in-depth look at the three main parties’ proposed fiscal stances
- The effect of the coalition’s tax and benefit changes on household incomes and work incentives
- Benefit spending and reforms: the coalition government's record
- Housing: trends in prices, costs and tenure
- Corporation tax changes and challenges
- Labour's higher education funding plans
- Living standards: recent trends and future challenges
- Spending power of local authorities
- The coalition government's record on tax
- School spending in England
- Post-election austerity: parties' plans compared
More will follow, all of which will be published on the IFS election website. Links will also be posted on this page.
Social Policy in a Cold Climate
The Social Policy in a Cold Climate project, led by John Hills at the LSE and Ruth Lupton as the University of Manchester has researched recession, spending changes, policy reform and distribution in the UK from 2007 to 2014. The first wave of analysis, which assesses the performance of the previous Labour Government has already been published. The latest findings on the coalition government were published on 27 January:
- Falling Behind, Getting Ahead: The Changing Structure of Inequality in the UK 2007-2013
- The Coalition's Social Policy Record Record: Policy, Spending and Outcomes
- Labour's Social Policy Record: Policy, Spending and Outcomes
Full Fact is an independent fact checking organisation. It provides free tools, information and advice, so that anyone can check the claims made by politicians and the media. This will prove even more useful in the run-up to the general election.
Since Full Fact's launch in 2010, nearly every national newspaper — from the Sun to the Financial Times — and politicians from across the political spectrum have issued corrections at the request of Full Fact.
Note: These grants are made on the basis that they will put independent, high-quality evidence in the public domain and therefore inform and enhance public debate. The Nuffield Foundation does not qualify as a 'non-party campaigner' as defined by the Electoral Commission. As with all grants that we fund, the views expressed in published outputs are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.