The state of the state 2015-16: Recalibrating government

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2 February 2016
Social Policy, Health Services
Social welfare
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For many public bodies across the UK, the first half of this decade was dominated by cost reduction in the face of austerity. This report suggests that the next half of the decade could be more challenging than the last.

This report provides statistics which show how the economy has grown/shrunk over the past forty years, and what the projections might be for the future.

Key recommendations:

  • Accelerate the use of digital technology across the public services through ‘invest to save’ funding and more digital-friendly procurement.
  • Establish a meaningful framework for public sector productivity improvement.
  • Generate productivity gains through departmental coordination and continued local devolution.

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