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The Government and the Economy

Overview

During this lesson students examine the role of national government in relation to taxation and public spending. The lesson can be run as a stand-alone unit or as a follow up to the lesson ‘economic cycles.’

Aimed at KS4 or Post-16 by the end of the lesson students will:
  • Understand key economic terms including taxation, welfare benefits, public spending and the budget;
  • Assess the impact of changes to taxation and welfare benefits on people with different personal circumstances;
  • Appreciate some of the dilemmas involved in public spending decisions.

Acknowledgements:

This classroom resource was developed in partnership with global business advisory firm FTI Consulting. Their support enabled this specialist resource to be distributed to schools for free.

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