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Senior Researcher Amy Finch wrote an article in Public Finance outlining the need for the budget savings to be accompanied by bolder reforms in the wake of the Chancellor’s Budget announcement.
She highlighted the fact that although some of the reforms announced have potential to improve services and reduce costs, such as extending academy schools’ freedom and devolving criminal justice services in Manchester, the Chancellor could go further still. Two areas that need to be addressed are the schools sector, which has seen a rise in funding without obvious results, and improving public sector productivity more generally.
“As Reform has argued, the government must take a more consistent approach to improving value for money; it is difficult to marry the approach taken to increasing the schools budget with areas that have seen significant cuts.”
Read the full article here.