How to run a country: the 2015 Spending Review

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Corrie, Cathy; Crowhurst, Elizabeth; Ewbank, Leo
Date of publication
23 June 2015
Social Policy
Social welfare
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Tony Blair’s governments reformed public services to give opportunity to those that needed it most. David Cameron’s first government sought to control public spending as the UK emerged from the financial crisis. The new Government elected in May 2015 has the chance to embed these reforms and to put the UK on a genuinely new path. That path would make decisions on public spending today in order to deliver sustainable public finances for years to come. It would recast the traditional shape of public services around the outcomes that society needs them to deliver. It would measure public service budgets not just by spending and “cuts” but by their return on investment, in particular for the most disadvantaged people. This would be a new era for the welfare state, leaving behind the idea that sustainable public finances and greater opportunity are mutually exclusive

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