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Individual membership

Help us to inform and improve government policy and public debate through high-quality, independent research.  

Fiscal policy affects everyone, whether it's through spending on education or healthcare, or pension policy, or welfare. That is why it is so important that policy is made based on reliable data and expert analysis.

Our high-quality empirical research is frequently cited by journalists and politicians when assessing the impact of public policy decisions on individuals, households, businesses and the nation’s public finances. Our commentary on party manifestos and government policies leads the public debate, providing individuals with the tools to understand and evaluate complex policies. What's more, IFS is entirely independent of political parties, companies, individuals and pressure groups, allowing us to hold governments of all stripes to account when their numbers don’t add up or their policies are less than transparent.


How you can help

Almost all of the Institute’s income is raised through traditional research funding, a reflection of the very high quality of our work. However, this doesn't cover everything we’d like to do, particularly when it comes to providing quick responses to policy announcements. Support from our network of members allows us to be flexible, commenting on policy as it happens, and to continue to provide everything we do free of charge to everyone on our website.

We're grateful for any donations you are able to spare, but everyone who chooses to donate at least £5 per month will become an IFS member and will receive the following additional benefits as a thank you:

  • An invitation to our annual members' event with presentations from IFS researchers and a drinks reception.
  • Advance ticket booking for events that are likely to sell out, such as our Budget briefings.
  • Regular e-newsletters outlining our recent work and other key highlights, as well as printed updates, such as InBrief magazine.
  • The right to take part in elections for members' representatives on the IFS Council.


To support the work of the Institute for Fiscal Studies through a regular monthly donation, please click on the button below to be taken to the CAF website.

Or, if you'd rather pay annually, you can do so by clicking here.