Public service reform 2006-2010

Document type
Smith Institute
Date of publication
3 July 2006
Social Policy, Criminal Justice Services, Education and Skills, Health Services
Social welfare
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More efficient methods of delivery are becoming increasingly central to the government's strategy for improving Britain's public services.  These essays by authors from the free-market think tank Reform argue that the current policy outlook will not be sufficient to solve the public sector's problems of performance and productivity.  Starting from the premises that successful NHS reform is very far from certain; that the Department for Education & Skills' reforms are too limited; and that the proposed changes to the police service raise new problems of their own, the authors make a strong case that a much more extensive rate and range of policy improvement is now needed, and they put forward proposals for how this might be achieved.

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