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How can tax design better deliver tax policy?

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In this special Insights In Focus episode, we discuss the changes to tax architecture and design that may strengthen the UK’s national bargain as economic turbulence continues.

The national bargain – the broad agreement that taxation is a fair exchange for the provision of public services – has fluctuated over time. Most recently, polling by YouGov found the prevailing attitude among the British public is one of fiscal tightening. However, following unprecedented financial support during the pandemic and cost-of-living crisis, the tax burden is set to continue rising until 2027/28.

That leaves the government with a difficult conundrum: how can it meet people’s expectations around fiscal policy while paying down its debt at a time of slow economic growth?

To explore the best use of tax architecture and design, host Bronwen Maddox is joined by Bill Dodwell, Tax Director at the Office of Tax Simplification; Helen Miller, Deputy Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies; and Martin Wheatcroft, ICAEW adviser and Fellow.


Read the full transcript of this episode here.



Bronwen Maddox, CEO, Chatham House


  • Bill Dodwell, Tax Director, Office of Tax Simplification
  • Helen Miller, Deputy Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Martin Wheatcroft, adviser and Fellow, ICAEW


Natalie Chisholm

Episode first published: 16 June 2023
Podcast recorded: 12 June 2023

All views expressed on this podcast are those of the contributors and don’t necessarily reflect those of ICAEW or its members.