As the Government prepares for the November spending review, the job of managing growing demand for public services and infrastructure with even less money looks set to be the great public policy challenge of this parliamentary term. This report analyses the outlook for government departments and what could be done to keep quality of service provision high.
The biggest challenge the government faces is to get Britain building again. The problem is not financial – it is political, with tiny yet vocal NIMBY minorities blocking projects across the country. In this report, WPI’s Sean Worth shows how strategically important projects can be implemented at a local level without having to bulldoze opposition, and how Whitehall must be reformed to create a streamlined function for setting national infrastructure strategy and funding.