Performance Tracker 2022
Our flagship report assesses the comparative, and in many cases interconnected, problems faced by critical public services such as the NHS, schools and the police.Download
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.
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.
The NHS is still struggling with the effects of the pandemic, while factors outside of Covid continue to put hospitals under intense pressure.
In 2020/21, the threat of Covid discouraged older people from coming forward for care. But demand is on the rise.
Despite a decrease in referrals to social services during the pandemic, the number of children remaining in care added pressure on the system.
Neighbourhood services – food safety, libraries, road maintenance, and waste collection – entered the pandemic with reduced or changed amenities.
Schools are attempting to make up for the learning lost during the pandemic, but they face complex challenges.
The nature of police work changed during the height of the pandemic, but is now returning to previous patterns – and some growing challenges.
The backlog of cases that started during the pandemic will affects courts for years to come.
The prison workforce is insufficient to safely staff all prisons, with some prisoners still being kept locked in their cells for most of the day.
Background information on our research for each spending area