Civil Service World, 19 January 2017

Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher at Reform, wrote an article in Civil Service World following the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR)’s public finance projections.

The OBR predict that debt will be 224% of GDP by 2067. He argued that pushing ahead on the localism agenda, and giving local areas control over the delivery of public services, is the way forward. It provides an opportunity to deliver localised services at greater value for money. For example, healthcare commissioners in Cornwall have combined to reduce non-elective emergency admissions for people with long-term conditions by 40% between 2013 and 2014. However, the Government could be doing more to push the localism agenda for public services.

“Acting now presents an opportunity to deliver public services that deliver the best outcomes today, without bankrupting the country tomorrow.”

 Read the full article here.