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Local government finance: five key trends for the next five years

Local government finance: five key trends for the next five years

Posted on 27 April 2022 by Cian Sion

As local election day approaches, this Wales Fiscal Analysis blog post sets out the funding and spending context for local authorities over the next five years.

5 key questions for Wales ahead of the UK Spring Statement

5 key questions for Wales ahead of the UK Spring Statement

Posted on 17 March 2022 by Guto Ifan

On 23 March, Rishi Sunak will deliver his Spring Statement against the backdrop of heightened uncertainty and rising inflation. There has been talk of a ‘policy-light’ fiscal event, following on […]

When ends don’t meet: towards a “high wage” economy? (Part 3)

When ends don’t meet: towards a “high wage” economy? (Part 3)

Posted on 26 October 2021 by Cian Sion

In the third of a three-part blog series on household finances, the Wales Fiscal Analysis team present the latest picture of the labour market in Wales as the furlough scheme is wound down.

When ends don’t meet: a cost-of-living crisis (Part 2)

When ends don’t meet: a cost-of-living crisis (Part 2)

Posted on 22 October 2021 by Cian Sion

In the second of a three-part blog series on Welsh household finances, the Wales Fiscal Analysis team examine the latest evidence of price increases and the impact on the cost of living.

When ends don’t meet: tax rises and benefit cuts (Part 1)

When ends don’t meet: tax rises and benefit cuts (Part 1)

Posted on 15 October 2021 by Cian Sion

In the first of a three-part blog series on Welsh household finances, the Wales Fiscal Analysis team examine the impact of the recent cut to Universal Credit and planned tax rises on households.

The price is (not) right: surveying the Welsh house price boom

The price is (not) right: surveying the Welsh house price boom

Posted on 1 July 2021 by Cian Sion

Today marks the end of the Land Transaction Tax (LTT) holiday in Wales. Property purchases over £180,000 will no longer qualify for the temporary tax relief worth up to £2,450. […]

Local government finance: the state of play in 2021−22

Local government finance: the state of play in 2021−22

Posted on 10 March 2021 by Cian Sion

This blog post sets the scene for local government as we enter a new financial year and the second year in the shadow of COVID-19.

Spending Review 2020 – potential implications for Wales

Spending Review 2020 – potential implications for Wales

Posted on 18 November 2020 by Guto Ifan

On 25 November, the UK Government’s Spending Review will conclude. Spending decisions are likely to have wide-ranging fiscal and political implicaitons for Wales. This blog post sets out what to […]

In Charts: Covid-19 and the Welsh labour market

In Charts: Covid-19 and the Welsh labour market

Posted on 16 November 2020 by Cian Sion

Following the release of new labour market data last week, Jesús Rodríguez and Cian Siôn walk us through what this tells us about the pandemic’s impact on the Welsh workforce and job market.

Covid, confusion, and consequentials: how much funding will the Welsh Government get from the Summer Statement?

Covid, confusion, and consequentials: how much funding will the Welsh Government get from the Summer Statement?

Posted on 17 July 2020 by Guto Ifan

As usual, the UK Chancellor’s “mini budget” on 8 July was followed by claims, counterclaims, and confusion over the amount of additional funding for the Welsh budget. The UK government […]