Observations Lobby Watch

The Institute for Fiscal Studies

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6992 (Published 08 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6992
  1. Jane Cassidy, freelance journalist
  1. janecassi2{at}googlemail.com

Who are they?

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Institute for Fiscal Studies seems never to be out of the news as it helps the media interpret the latest twists and turns of the global economic crisis. Often referred to as a respected financial think tank, it prefers the term independent research institute. It has become a thorn in the side of the coalition government, questioning its claims that its spending cuts are fair.

The institute shot down in flames Chancellor George Osborne’s description of the June emergency Budget as progressive. It made headlines again in October by reiterating its conclusion that the government’s plan to slash public funding by £81bn (€95bn; $127bn) would hit poor people …

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