What's the damage? A low earner impact assessment of deficit reduction options: executive summary: summary

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Whittaker, Matthew
Resolution Foundation
Date of publication
31 August 2010
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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As the Coalition government embarks on cutting the public sector deficit, this report considers the options available and the impact they could have on the UK’s 7.2 million low earning households. At the core of the report is an impact analysis of how individual tax regimes and spending cuts may hit low earning households. It highlights measures which have particular bearing on the low earner group – not to rule them out but to argue that if these measures were adopted, their disproportionate impact will need to be counter-balanced elsewhere. We also call for a zero-based review that identifies priorities in each area of public expenditure and then assesses government effectiveness against each of these priorities.

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