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.
The idea of a ‘hypothecated’ tax, raised specifically to pay for the NHS, is gaining increasing support. Gemma Tetlow argues that hypothecation is no substitute for a long-term, cross-party solution to the issue of how to fund health and social care.
A joint Institute for Government and British Red Cross event looked at how government responds to crises. Marcus Shepheard says Government needs to ensure local and voluntary resources are better engaged in every part of the country.