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New funding formula could imply further cuts to per-pupil spending of 7% for around 1,000 schools after 2019–20

| Press Release

New funding formula could imply further cuts to per-pupil spending of 7% for around 1,000 schools after 2019–20

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Disability benefit spending and the recent change to regulations

| Observations

On Monday, the House of Lords will debate recent changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) regulations. These changes are expected to save the government £910 million per year by 2021–22 by reversing the impact of two recent tribunal judgements on the criteria for receiving PIP. Important context is that despite this change, real-terms spending on disability benefits is forecast to be £23 billion in 2017–18, 35% higher than the £17 billion spent 2007–08. If spending had grown at the rate forecast as recently as Budget 2015, it would instead reach just £20 billion by 2017–18.

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IFS analysis of today’s public finance figures

| Public Finance Press Releases

Today the Office for National Statistics and HM Treasury published Public Sector Finances January 2017. We now have details of central government receipts, central government spending, public sector net investment, borrowing and debt for the first ten months of financial year 2016−17.

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