Spending pressures ahead of the Budget: what caused them and how to deal with them

Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:30

The Institute for Government, in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, launched Performance Tracker, a new report looking at what is happening to the performance of public services in advance of the Budget.

Performance Tracker examines five public services in depth: hospitals, adult social care, schools, police and prisons. The first independent analysis of its kind, Performance Tracker uses the available data to sheds light on the heated but opaque debate about whether our public services really are at breaking point. It specifically sets out recommendations on what the Government should do in the Budget.

The panel discussion looked at the realities of spending control and performance management within government, and examined the politics of delivering difficult reforms.

Dr Emily Andrews, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government, presented the key findings of the report. This was followed by responses from Richard Douglas, Advisor to CIPFA’s Government’s faculty and former Head of the Government Finance Profession, and Rachel Sylvester of the Times.

This event was chaired by Julian McCrae, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government.

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Listen to the audio below

Audio slideshow – Dr Emily Andrews's presents the findings from our Performance Tracker report.
Rachel Sylvester of The Times responds to our Performance Tracker report.
Richard Douglas, Advisor to CIPFA’s Government’s faculty and former Head of the Government Finance Profession, responds to our Performance Tracker report.
Audience Q&A session at the launch of Performance Tracker.