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IFS Outlines Spending Pressures on Government

Magazine article Public Finance

IFS Outlines Spending Pressures on Government

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The government will find itself under pressure to top up public sector spending if it is to meet its policy commitments, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has predicted in its annual 'green budget'.

Chancellor Alistair Darling would also need to raise another £8bn in taxes in this year's Budget to keep public sector debt below the government's self-imposed limits, the think-tank said.

The IFS said funding announced in last year's Comprehensive Spending Review would need to be topped up. 'We estimate that in 2010/11 [the government] would need to find an extra £3.4bn to meet its child poverty target and an extra £6bn-£10bn if it wished to provide the resources for the health service that Sir Derek Wanless has argued would be necessary to achieve a world-class service,' the IFS says.

'The government may also face pressure to top up the grant settlement for local government if it wishes to avoid big council tax rises or the blame for widespread capping. …

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