Tracking public finance spending commitments

The think tank, Institute for Government and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, publish an annual analysis of the performances of public services

The 2019 Performance Tracker finds that for the first time in years, the Government may have pledged enough money to maintain standards in most public services. But more money will be needed to raise standards over the next five years.

The report covers nine key areas: GPs, hospitals, adult social care, children’s social care, neighbourhood services, police, prisons, courts, and schools. It estimates that the Government and local authorities will spend £191.1 billion on these nine services by 2023/24. While this may be enough to meet demand (except in adult social care), this will not be enough for the government to make improvements, such as better care for cancer patients and reduced violence and self-harm in prisons. 

This news comes as social care has been in the headlines. The Yorkshire Post has published a leader calling on the new government not to forget the importance of social care after the election.

Full articles:

Institute for Government - Performance Tracker 2019


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