Articles from Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Refunding tuition fees would only benefit highest earners

MPs will debate a number of petitions today (16 Nov) relating to university tuition fees. The petitioners argue that the university strikes and now the COVID-19 outbreak have disrupted university education so much that students should be entitled to a reimbursement on their fees. While not all of the petitions are explicit on who should pay whom, the general presumption seems to be that it would be universities paying back whoever paid them in the first place.

12% fall since 2010: Further education has faced the biggest cuts in recent years

Today’s report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, reveals that further education spending per student remains lower than in 2010 in real terms The extra £4.3 billion just committed for schools in England by 2022 will just about reverse the cuts of 8% in spending per pupil since 2009. Even so, an effective 13-year real-terms freeze will still represent an unprecedented period without growth.

Severe squeeze on further education and sixth-form funding in England

Funding for 16- to 18-year-olds and for general further education has been cut much more sharply than funding for schools, pre-school or higher education.

Colleges and universities face significant funding shortfalls and heightened uncertainty due to COVID challenges

In the latest flagship @TheIFS Annual Report on Education Spending in England, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, researchers look at the challenges posed by COVID-19 for the education sector.

Resource challenges facing further and higher education

Further and higher education providers face severe resource challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a decade of spending cuts, further education colleges and sixth forms need to help students who have fallen behind and cater for extra students as employment and apprenticeship opportunities dry up. Higher education institutions are heavily exposed to changes in domestic student participation and potential declines in international student numbers, as well as large pension scheme losses over the medium-term.

Focus on 3 million apprentices by 2020 leads to policies aimed at quantity, rather than quality

The government has made a commitment to 3 million new apprentices in England between 2015 and 2020. This target, contained first in the Conservative Party 2015 General Election manifesto, and subsequently enacted in law in 2016, is front and centre of the government’s plan to boost skills and productivity.

Institute for Fiscal Studies warns about the impact of scrapping the £20 a week increase in Universal Credit

Lga Statement On Ifs Report On End To Universal Credit Increase  Responding to the Institute for Fiscal Studies report warning about the impact of scrapping the £20 a week increase in Universal Credit, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said:

IFS Response - Labour party manifesto

The Labour party is due to publish its June 2017 election manifesto later today. Below you will find detail on recent IFS analysis, which may help to contextualise and assess some of their policies. All analysis has been produced with funding from the Nuffield Foundation and can be found on our dedicated 2017 election micro site.

Family background and access to postgraduate degrees

@TheIFS investigate gaps in access to postgraduate degrees  This briefing note uses linked administrative data to investigate gaps in access to postgraduate degrees. The numbers of students progressing to postgraduate study are increasing rapidly, such qualifications could therefore be an important driver of differences in early career opportunities.

Sector response to IFS report findings that funding per FE student, no higher than 30 years ago!

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has released a report looking at comparisons of spending per pupil across different stages of education.

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