When CIPFA and IOG combine to give such a bleak prospectus, it really is time for the Government to listen. The Government have been clear what they think is important - the NHS , meeting the NATO 2% of GDP commitment, reducing welfare spending etc (albeit this hasn't actually happened in practice, its just the changes introduced have flattened the curve on an upward trajectory) . They have also been steadfast on direct taxation as well. What there has never been clarity on is precisely what is going to be stopped. Its a easy to promise the earth like Donald Trump is currently doing- its always harder to stop doing the things the public say they want - eg great NHS and good social care , no potholes , good schools - they want these thing to be better - not cut back . They public are not saying- "we understand the position on the deficit - let's means test NHS services!- or cut back on school places" . The Government needs to be honest- we either stop doing things transparently or put up taxes. We are living in LA LA Land - with or without help Warren Beatty or Faye Dunaway!
The UK faces the prospect of failing public services and breached spending controls unless urgent action is taken, the Institute for Government and CIPFA have warned. The think-tank has partnered with the accountancy body to deliver an assessment of key public services in light of increasing cuts imposed by central government.The Performance Tracker review concludes that until recently, Whitehall was able to maintain the performance of public services while cutting spending. However, the report highlighted that the government’s own data indicates the existing approach has “run out of steam.”The authors urged the chancellor Philip Hammond to demonstrate in next week’s Budget that his spending decisions were based on “realistic assessments”.They added that, in the near future, the government risks “bouncing from spending crisis to crisis” against the backdrop of contentious and potentially divisive Brexit negotiations