Public Services after the Budget

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01 May 2009 - 08:30 to 10:30
Venue: RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

Speaker: Paul Johnson, IFS Research Fellow

Join us for a discussion on the implications of the budget for public services with Paul Johnson, Research Fellow at the IFS and Ben Lucas, Director of the 2020 Public Services Trust.

The Chancellor will make his Budget statement on Wednesday 22nd April 2009. With borrowing set to reach its highest level since the war and tax revenues hit by the economic downturn the outlook for the public finances and for public spending is not encouraging.

What does the budget tell us about the conditions for public finances and public services over the next few years? which public services are likely to feel the crunch the most? Will the fight between the parties now simply be on who can squeeze more out of public services, or on radical new choices? What are the options for public service reform that the next government should be considering?

Paul is a Research Fellow at IFS and an Associate of Frontier Economics. From 2004 to 2007 he was director of the public services and growth directorate and Chief micro-economist at HM Treasury, as well as deputy head of the Government Economic Service.

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