As the political parties gear up for the next election, public service reform is back on the agenda. This includes a renewed focus on prevention – for example Labour has recently called for problems to be tackled “with a long-term, preventative approach”.
While few would disagree with the shift to prevention, no one has found a way to square this circle within the government’s current funding mechanisms. Treasury orthodoxy prioritises known costs over the more risky long-term spending that prevention will require. At Demos, we have argued for a different funding stream which isn’t competing with demand-led costs.
As calls for a shift to prevention grow ever stronger, join us to the question: could reformed government spending rules and frameworks unlock an upstream revolution in public services?
- Nancy Hey, Executive Director of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing
- Caroline Slocock, Director of Civil Exchange, former Senior Policy Adviser on Expenditure at the Treasury and author of Why Don’t We Invest in Early Action?
- Kieron Boyle, Chief Executive of the Impact Investing Institute, former Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation
- Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and REAL Centre at The Health Foundation
Doors will open from 17:30, with the panel beginning at 18:00.