Public Finance, 19 November 2015

After the launch of Reform’s report ‘Towards a more productive state’, Researcher Amy Finch wrote about public sector productivity in Public Finance. She argued that public sector productivity has to improve for quality services to continue to be delivered in spite of reduced public spending. The only way this will be done is if the Government adopts a “fresh approach” to tackle the issue:

“The focus on greater productivity should be welcomed, but a completely fresh approach is needed if the government is to maximise every area of public spending. New research by Reform recommends that government departments examine productivity across the organisations they manage, such as across schools and hospitals, rather than relying solely on the productivity estimates produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which examines productivity across whole sectors, such as health and education.”

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