Is austerity really over and how can government pay for it? (Conservative Party Conference fringe event)

Stanley Suite, Midland Hotel, Manchester (inside secure zone), 16 Peter Street, Manchester , M60 2DS
Monday, September 30, 2019 -
12:45pm to 2:00pm

This event is being held jointly by CIOT, the Institute for Government and the Institute for Fiscal Studies

The government says its spending plans mean austerity is coming to an end. Labour disagree, calling not only for an end to spending cuts but also for reversing some past cuts and expanding what the state offers in some areas.  

Join us as our expert panel discusses future government spending and tax plans: What does ‘ending austerity’ actually mean? What should the government's priorities be? And, if increased spending requires a higher tax take, what are the options for achieving this?

Venue: Stanley Suite, Midland Hotel, Manchester (inside secure zone)


  • Chair - Bronwen Maddox (Director, Institute for Government)
  • Kate Andrews (Associate Director, Institute of Economic Affairs)
  • John Barnett (Chair, CIOT Technical Committee)
  • Paul Johnson (Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies)
  • Rt.Hon. Lord David Willetts (chair of the Resolution Foundation and a former minister)

The panel discussion is free to attend and you don't need to register in advance, but as it is within the secure zone you will need a conference pass.

We are also holding a panel discussion at the Labour Party Conference on Monday 23 September at 14:30.

Booking information: You do not need to register to attend this event

Booking price: Free

Organiser name: 
Darcia Williams
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