Posts tagged with ‘ Cuts ’

The fiscal squeeze: now it gets real

, 1 April 2011

I’ve just returned from giving a seminar in Berlin to public servants from various European countries. They were eager for more details on the UK’s fiscal consolidation.

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The Thatcher files

, 23 November 2010

Writer L.P. Hartley’s famous opening line, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”, is too often a very real feeling for those analysing government, where the pace of events and media can frequently contribute to a year zero mentality.

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The changing structure of public spending – accident or design?

, 2 November 2010

In 2006/07, I suspect very few people would have agreed that the government should: increase the share of our national income spent on pensioner benefits, the NHS and overseas aid through reduced spend on education, law and order, defence in the event of an unexpected recession, finance the interest on the debt through further reductions...

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Reining in the quango state: our four key findings

, 24 September 2010

Ministers have already said that the list does not represent current policy. But the desire to rein back the quango state was already clear in the coalition agreement and earlier announcements.

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Whitehall cuts: what we can learn from Canada and Sweden

, 22 September 2010

At a recent seminar, we decided to take a look under the hood of the Swedish and Canadian consolidations in the 1990s and find out what their administrations actually did. Senior civil servants from both countries gave us much food for thought.

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Why fairness matters when the cuts begin to bite

, 11 August 2010

The Institute set out its views on fiscal consolidation, alongside the IFS, in a briefing shortly after the election.  A vital element, based on the experience of countries like Canada and Sweden, is securing a public mandate.

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