In 2020/21, the threat of Covid discouraged older people from coming forward for care. But demand is on the rise.
The NHS is still struggling with the effects of the pandemic, while factors outside of Covid continue to put hospitals under intense pressure.
In the third year of the pandemic, general practice is attempting to cope with a huge surge in demand, putting pressure on an overstretched workforce.
While there are interconnected structural failures that will not be easy to address, there are steps that the government can take.
This year’s Performance Tracker assesses how nine public services have coped with the effects of the pandemic.
Background information on our research for each spending area
The Institute for Government and CIPFA launch the sixth edition of Performance Tracker.
The pandemic has created huge backlogs in public services – failing to address these backlogs now will push up costs in future.
The coronavirus crisis has resulted in backlogs across public services, including at record levels in the criminal courts.
Boris Johnson now owns responsibility for fixing a broken social care system.
A parliamentary commission remains the best option to build lasting social care reform.
The main parties’ pledges to increase police numbers may not be enough to effectively deal with crime, and could create issues further down the line.
The fiscal splurges of the election campaign trail fail to address the clear pressures in public services.
Performance Tracker 2019 projects the demand and spending on nine public services for the next five years.
Current criminal justice plans don’t address how to improve standards in prisons and will leave a hole in their budgets.
Government is quietly shifting costs of public services on to individuals.
This event launched the third edition of Performance Tracker, a data-driven analysis of the performance of key public services from the Institute for
Our analysis reveals the key decision points that the Chancellor faces in the run-up to his first Autumn Budget.
Until recently the Government managed to maintain the quality of public services while controlling spending. But this approach has now run out of stea