In a week dominated by Brexit and Trump, two dry reports about the UK’s public finances are unlikely to receive a lot of press coverage. But they pose a challenge to government that will endure long after Brexit, argues Martin Wheatley.
Unless it raises taxes or loosens its borrowing rules, the Government will have to cut spending on other public services by nearly 4% to pay for the recently announced NHS ‘birthday present’, warns Gemma Tetlow.
Gemma Tetlow argues that separating news of spending largesse from any serious attempt to explain where the money will come from makes it harder to make the case for necessary tax rises – or looser fiscal targets.
April 2018 marks the latest step in the process of tax devolution. Akash Paun argues that these are important reforms, but the system is increasingly complex, making the case for a full review of how devolved and local government is funded.
The Government’s latest spending data shows the cost pressures that are causing the departments of Justice, Health and the Home Office, to struggle to meet their targets. Oliver Ilott looks at what this means for departmental spending, as part of the Institute's Whitehall Monitor programme.
Yesterday, the Whitehall Monitor team launched their 2015 Annual Report: ‘The Coalition in 163 charts’. Gavin Freeguard presented a selection of these charts to tell four stories about what happened in government over the last Parliament, and the challenges faced by Whitehall departments after the imminent Spending Review is published. Emily Andrews summarises.
Today the Institute for Government and the Institute for Fiscal Studies will examine the challenges for the new Government as it embarks on the 2015 Spending Review. Ahead of the event, held at the Institute, Researcher Oliver Illot looks at how the 2015 Spending Review will differ from the process in 2010. He considers how Government should design plans that are politically sustainable, engage with the process of devolution and are deliverable by Whitehall departments that must retain the necessary skills and people.