The Maude review will be an important reference document for whoever lives in No.10.
There has been some promising progress in improving the public appointments system, but it remains vulnerable to abuse.
Public services are under considerable strain, with years of tight funding, staffing problems and underinvestment in capital all taking their toll.
Background information on our research for each spending area.
Government is stuck in a public service performance doom loop.
Forces are starting to reverse poor performance, but severe challenges still remain.
Poor long-term planning means prison populations have exploded, with dire consequences for rehabilitation and prisoner safety.
Demand is becoming more complex, backlogs are at record highs, and productivity is declining
The government has provided more funding, but the sector may struggle to address unmet need in the face of rising costs and competing priorities.
Despite a declining workforce, GPs are delivering more appointments than ever, though this may be increasing workloads and burnout.