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Chart of the week: Global demographics

14-01-2021

15 January 2021: This week’s chart is on demographics, highlighting the major differences in the age structure of populations between continents and the different challenges this presents for managing public finances.

Chart of the week: Government bond yields

10-12-2020

11 December 2020: Ultra-low or negative yields provide governments with an opportunity to borrow extremely cheaply, but what will happen if and when interest rates rise?

Chart of the week: Spending Review 2020

26-11-2020

27 November 2020: In the wake of the government’s Spending Review, this week’s chart focuses on the bigger picture and looks at the scale of public spending in relation to the size of the overall economy.

Chart of the week: Ireland Budget 2021

19-11-2020

20 November 2020: The #icaewchartoftheweek takes a look at the Irish Government’s fiscal plans for 2021 and how it plans to tackle the twin headwinds of COVID and Brexit.

ICAEW writes to Chief Secretary on Spending Review priorities

13-11-2020

16 November 2020: Alison Ring, ICAEW’s director for public sector, has written to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury ahead of the Spending Review to stress the importance of investment in infrastructure, data and financial management.

Have business rates served their time?

04-11-2020

4 November: Alongside outlining how business rates could be modernised, ICAEW has suggested that a “fundamental rethink” of property and business tax is needed for a long-term solution.

Chart of the week: US federal deficit

29-10-2020

30 October 2020: The US federal government spent $3.1tn more than it received in the year to 30 September 2020, more than three times the $1.0tn deficit incurred in 2019.

Chart of the week: UK debt financing requirement

15-10-2020

16 October 2020: The Institute for Fiscal Studies annual pre-Budget report forecasts a doubling to £1.5tn in the amount of debt to be raised by the UK Government over the next five years.

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