The Sunak government is still choosing short-term fixes over long-term solutions.
Baroness Morris and Stephen Bush joined us to discuss the state of public services ahead of the upcoming general election.
The shadow chancellor reaffirmed her position on fiscal discipline in an IfG event in October
Public services are under considerable strain, with years of tight funding, staffing problems and underinvestment in capital all taking their toll.
Chronic short-termism is harming service performance in key public services.
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.
The Times reports on the findings of the IfG and CIPFA's 2023 Performance Tracker.
Despite a declining workforce, GPs are delivering more appointments than ever, though this may be increasing workloads and burnout.
Despite more funding and higher staff numbers, hospitals are struggling to return to pre-pandemic performance levels.
Public services are crumbling in the face of workforce problems, years of underinvestment, and current spending plans. A new approach is needed.
The Guardian picks up on the worrying findings of the IfG and CIPFA's 2023 Performance Tracker.
Neighbourhood services – libraries, road maintenance, and waste collection – entered the pandemic with reduced or changed amenities.
The sector faces workforce shortages alongside increasing demands; with referrals at pre-pandemic levels and an increasingly complex caseload.
A recruitment crisis, problems with pupil attendance and the presence of RAAC are all presenting challenges for schools.
Channel 4 reports on the IfG and CIPFA's 2023 Performance Tracker and its findings on public spending.
The situation in prisons will get worse before it gets better.
Rishi Sunak’s speech made the headlines – but the Conservative Party conference was full of sub-plots worth following.
Is fiscal policy really the right way to try to cut inflation?
While some waiting time data is moving in the right direction, the prime minister is still some way off meeting his NHS pledge.