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Failing to keep up?: the long-term effects of current benefit and tax uprating policies

Sutherland, Holly, Hancock, Ruth, Hills, John and Zantomio, Francesca (2009) Failing to keep up?: the long-term effects of current benefit and tax uprating policies. Benefits: the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 17 (1). pp. 47-56. ISSN 1759-8273

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Abstract

The ways benefits, tax credits and income tax and National Insurance contribution thresholds are uprated each year have major long-term consequences for the relative living standards of different groups. Continuing current practice for 20 years, other things staying the same, could result in substantial increases in poverty, including a near doubling of the child poverty rate, alongside a substantial gain to the public finances. At the same time, pensioners are largely protected by the earnings indexation of pensioner benefits. We illustrate the distributional implications of alternative targeted policy reforms, financed by part of the resources that would be released through continuing current uprating practices.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.policypress.co.uk/journals_jpsj.asp
Additional Information: © 2009 Policy Press
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 14:33
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33254/

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