Gaming the Budget 2015

By Jonathan Werran | 10 February 2015

With the 13 or so weeks to the 7 May General Election whittling down at alarming pace, there’s a temptation to be so blinded by the campaigning razzmatazz as to miss the serious spending alternatives and fiscal choices that are on offer from the three main political parties.

And this means a real difference between the parties’ plans for the size and composition of the state.

This was the message from that emanated from the distinctly ecclesiastical surroundings of Church House, Westminster, where the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) last week presented the Green Budget, outlining the likely scenarios for George Osborne’s fifth successive Budget next month.

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