The events of recent weeks have put discussions about police resources firmly back on the agenda. But debate needs to move beyond numbers and think about how to target resources most effectively, says Alice Lilly.
The Conservatives' manifesto proposals for social care – labelled a “dementia tax” – was a turning point in the election campaign. Nicholas Timmins says the question now is whether all proposals for social care reform are a dead letter for this Parliament, given the Government’s lack of a majority.
This election shows that the electorate are concerned about the pressures in public services. Dr Emily Andrews says a new spending review, driven by evidence of where the problems lie, will help address these long-standing issues.
The Institute for Government has called for the Chancellor to live up to his ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ moniker by using data on government performance to drive decisions. Based on today’s Budget, Dr Emily Andrews says the signs are promising but it’s too early to tell if he really deserves his title.
Our new Performance Tracker report gives our verdict on government’s performance over the last seven years. But, as we say in the report, this is only the starting point. Improving performance means using knowledge of the past and present to make better decisions. At our public launch event, panellists and the audience turned their thoughts to the future. Dr Emily Andrews highlights the key points.