The State of the State 2016-17: Brexit and the business of government

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Turley, Mike; Haldenby, Andrew
Date of publication
25 October 2016
Social Policy
Social welfare
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This report provides a unique, independent analysis of the UK public sector through a business lens.

Produced by Deloitte UK in collaboration with Reform, the insight is informed by interviews with public sector leaders, citizen research and an in-depth analysis of government data.

A survey of 1,000 people found seven key findings including:

  • 41% of citizens expect public services to worsen because of Brexit.
  • Public support for taxes to fund public spending is on the rise, for the first time since the 1990’s.
  • 57% feel that the NHS is the top priority, compared with Brexit at 33%.
  • A digital divide exists amongst citizens by age and social class.

Public sector leaders say:

  • Brexit will impact on funding, the workforce, priorities and local economies.
  • Digital transformation is struggling to meet the ambition.
  • Collaboration and workforce flexibility are key characteristics of the future public sector.
  • Leadership will be challenged to become more effective, high profile, diverse and continually renewed.

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