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12.45 Institute for Government, Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Midland Hotel : Stanley Suite

Is austerity really over? And how can a Conservative government pay for it?

What does ‘ending austerity’ actually mean and which government departments need extra money most?


The previous Chancellor suggested that austerity was ‘coming to an end’, though dependant on securing a Brexit deal. The new Prime Minister has promised extra spending on the police, schools, hospitals and other public services. Which departments need extra money most? How much freedom for manoeuvre does the new Chancellor have? And, if increased spending implies increased taxation, what are the options for raising it?

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