Independent election analysis from the IFS

09 April 2010

Are you looking for independent, rigorous and accessible analysis of the main political parties’ economic proposals in the run-up to the general election?

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published a series of briefing notes that will be essential reading for anyone keen to understand the truth behind economic policy in the UK.

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the IFS briefing notes provide objective evidence without spin or sensationalism.

Subjects covered include:

  • How achievable are the much-vaunted claims of ‘efficiency savings’ in public sector expenditure and can the effectiveness of these plans ever be truly measured?
  • What will the Labour and Conservative plans for National Insurance mean in practice?
  • What has happened to ‘severe poverty’ under Labour? Is it higher now than when Labour came to power in 1997?
  • Are UK living standards better or worse than when Labour came to power? How do trends between 1997 and 2008 compare to those under previous governments?
  • How have tax and benefit reforms affected total government revenues since 1997? What impact have these reforms had on the distribution of income between household types, on work incentives and on the incentive to save?
  • How has income inequality changed since 1997? Have Labour’s tax and benefit measures halted the rapid rise in income inequality seen under the previous Conservative government?

Download the briefing notes

The briefing notes are available to download from the IFS website and more will be added in the weeks to the election on 6 May.

The Nuffield Foundation has funded the briefing notes, but the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation.

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