The distributional effect of the 2008 Pre-Budget Report
AbstractThe Pre-Budget Report given by the Chancellor on 24th November 2008 contained a number of changes to the tax and benefit system to come into effect at various points over the next three years. This briefing note expands on the information provided at a briefing given by IFS researchers on the day after the Pre-Budget Report1. It gives details of the changes to taxes, benefits and tax credits directly affecting households, and the total distributional impact of measures announced in PBR 2008 together with pre-announced changes, by income and expenditure decile and household type, at three points in time – January 2009, April 2009 and April 2011. It also discusses what PBR 2008 does to our impression of all tax and benefit changes under this Government. Finally, it discusses what PBR 08 did for child poverty in 2010/11 and the likely effects of the income tax changes for those earning more than £100,000 a year.
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