April 5th, 2016

Team from Lancaster University and the Alliance for Useful Evidence to establish scope and delivery of a new family justice observatory

The Nuffield Foundation has appointed a team from Lancaster University and the Alliance for Useful Evidence to undertake a scoping study that will establish the purpose, functions, and delivery options for a family justice observatory.

March 22nd

Scotland's Fiscal Framework does not satisfy Smith's 'Taxpayer fairness' principle

A new report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and funded by the Foundation finds that the agreement on how to adjust the Scottish Government's block grant in response to greater devolution satisfies the Smith Commission's principle that there should be 'no detriment [simply] from the decision to devolve' a power, but it does not satisfy the Commission's 'taxpayer fairness' principle, which the UK governme

March 9th

Children born prematurely are disadvantaged at school and into adulthood but delaying school entry may not be the answer

Children born before 34 weeks gestation have poorer reading and maths skills than those born at full term, and the difficulties they experience at school continue to have effects into adulthood: by the age of 42, adults who were born prematurely have lower incomes and are less likely to own their own home than those born at full term.

March 8th

Data sharing consultation event

The UK Government has recently announced new proposals on data sharing within government. This consultation event is to help users of official statistics to understand more about the proposed data sharing legislation and to consider their own responses to the consultation. The event will take the form of two panels of speakers, followed by Q&A and discussion.

Thursday 17 March 2016, 10:00am - 12:00pm

February 25th

Nuffield Early Language Intervention improves skills by up to four months

An independent evaluation of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention has found that it improves the vocabulary, grammar and listening skills of four- and five-year-olds by as much as four months. 

February 23rd

Adjusting Scotland’s block grant – the options on the table

The UK and Scottish Governments have so far failed to agree the new 'fiscal framework' that must accompany the transfer of tax and welfare powers recommended by the Smith Commission and set out in the Scotland Bill. Perhaps the biggest bone of contention is how to adjust Scotland’s block grant to reflect the associated transfer of tax revenues and welfare spending to the Scottish Government.

February 8th

IFS Green Budget says Mr Osborne is boxed in by his own rule and will have to pull off a precarious balancing act

The IFS Green Budget 2016, produced in association with ICAEW and funded by the Nuffield Foundation with analysis from Oxford Economics, is published today. This is an extract from the IFS press release. For the full release and to download the Green Budget, visit the IFS website

February 3rd

Universal credit cuts support for working families, but helps make work pay

During this parliament the government plans to replace most of the means-tested benefits system for working-age families with a single payment called universal credit (UC). A series of pre-emptive cuts means that introducing UC will in the long run reduce the generosity of the benefit system – including to working families, in a reversal of the original intention. But it will still do a lot to help make work pay for many of those who currently face the most severe disincentives.

January 29th

What does the row over Google’s tax bill tell us about the corporate tax system?

Corporate tax has rarely excited the imagination of the public as much as in recent years. This week Google has become the latest company to attract widespread anger over the amount of tax it has paid in the UK. The sense that there are some big, profitable companies paying relatively little in corporate tax has led many to try to allocate blame. Are multinationals simply behaving badly? Is HMRC cutting sweetheart deals with favoured companies? Have politicians failed in their task of writing the tax rules?