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

Lancaster Room, Hilton Metropole, Brighton (inside secure zone), Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FU
Monday, September 23, 2019 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm

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

“Every single Department has had its budget for day-to-day spending increased at least in line with inflation. That is what I mean by the end of austerity”
– Chancellor Sajid Javid, Spending Round statement, 4 September 2019

“The opportunity was there today really to end austerity—to start reversing austerity—and to give people some hope. What a missed opportunity”
- Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, response to Spending Round statement, 4 September 2019

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? How realistic is it to restore pre-crash spending levels? If not, what should Labour’s priorities be? And, if increased spending requires increased taxation, what are the options for raising it?

Venue: Lancaster Room, Hilton Metropole, Brighton (inside secure zone)


  • Chair - Gemma Tetlow (Chief Economist, Institute for Government)
  • Peter Dowd MP (Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury)
  • Glyn Fullelove (President, CIOT)
  • Paul Johnson (Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies)
  • Frances O'Grady (General Secretary, Trades Union Congress)

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 Conservative Party Conference on Monday 30 September at 12.45.

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

Booking price: Free

Organiser name: 
Darcia Williams
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