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

Sutherland, H and Hancock, R and Hills, J and Zantomio, F (2009) 'Failing to keep up? The long-term effects of current benefit and tax uprating policies.' Benefits: a Journal of Social Security Research, Policy and Practice, 17 (1). 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
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 11:32
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:56
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8008

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