IFS: Budget was “regressive”

George Osborne claimed it was a "progressive Budget". Analysis by the independent IFS shows that, stripping away pre-announced measures, it was a "regressive Budget".

A picture says a thousand words. The respected, independent Institute for Fiscal Studies today said clearly that , “likely … overall impact of yesterday’s measures was regressive”.

By 2014-15, the distributional impact of tax and benefit measures is only “progressive” if the pre-announced decisions made by Labour – including the 50p income tax rate – are included. The IFS are clear that the Treasury’s claims only hold valid, “because of reforms announced by the previous government”. Stripping them out means that George Osborne’s dictum is wrong.

This analysis – consistent with Left Foot Forward’s own yesterday, the Financial Times’ and Nick Pearce on Open Democracy – could not be clearer: taken on its own, it was a regressive Budget.

52 Responses to “IFS: Budget was “regressive””

  1. Ian Hopkinson

    RT @DuncanStott: I reckon the IFS is wrong on this http://bit.ly/9CVpcG Why strip out the impact of Labour's budget? That's not what's h …

  2. Hitchin England

    IFS: Budget was "regressive" http://bit.ly/9CVpcG via @leftfootfwd

  3. Craig Roters

    IFS say the budget was 'regressive' – absolutely scandalous. #iblamenick 4 propping up #thesameoldtories http://bit.ly/9CVpcG

  4. paulsimpson1976

    RT @leftfootfwd: IFS: Budget was "regressive" http://bit.ly/9CVpcG

  5. Jacquie Martin

    Glad to see in pictures what common sense tells us. Utter disgrace. ConDemnation was never truer.

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