Setting aside a telling-off by the National Audit Office and a stunt from Labour, Esther McVey has escaped unscathed from the Universal Credit row. Effectively she has not been held to account, says Benoit Guerin.
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.
A joint report from two select committees has called for a cross-party parliamentary inquiry to reform social care funding. Lucy Campbell says this approach is the best chance to break the current political deadlock.
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.
Theresa May will reportedly announce a funding boost for the NHS next week. Nick Davies argues that the Government must answer three questions if it is to put the health system on a sustainable financial footing.