The distributional impact of personal tax and benefit reforms 2010 to 2019

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Bourquin, Pascale; Keiller, Agnes Norris; Waters, Tom
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
4 December 2019
IFS Briefing Note; BN270
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Employment
Social welfare
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The tax and benefit system has undergone significant reform since 2010, with large cuts to working-age benefits, a rise in the main rate of VAT, increases in the rate of the state pension, and reductions in direct tax, including a big rise in the income tax personal allowance. This briefing note investigates the impact that these reforms have had on household incomes.

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