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The State of the State 2013

In search of affordable government

State of the State

After 50 years of public spending rises, under pressure from the global financial crisis, government as we used to know it in the UK became unaffordable. While the current Government is addressing the state's immediate financial issues, the governments of 2015 and beyond will need to do more to address the UK's underlying liabilities. UK Government – of whatever political mix – cannot simply 'keep calm and carry on'.

The State of the State shows how government in the UK has grown significantly over the past 50 years, and demand for public services is set to continue growing in the 50 years to come. It argues that profound reform is needed to make sure that the UK public sector if financially sustainable in the medium and longer term.

  The Government – of whatever political mix – cannot simply 'keep calm and carry on'.

Fortunately, the people leading our local public services are steeled for the challenges ahead. Through exclusive interviews, The State of the State shows that the leaders of local government, the police, the NHS and education in the UK see opportunities in austerity. It shows that their leadership priorities have shifted to make sure that they make the most of their workforce. And it shows that they have identified the risks ahead.

The State of the State provides independent analysis of the UK government and public sector by Deloitte and Reform, the leading think tank. It brings together new research alongside analysis of hundreds of datasets and the Government's accounts to provide a snapshot of the UK state.

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Further information

Online chapters

  • The state of the state
    A snapshot of the UK Government in 2013.
  • Government in 2013
    Accountable to 47m electors, supporting a population of 63m.
  • The state of the local state
    The health of local economies at the top of the agenda.

Key contacts

  • Mike Turley
    Public Sector Industry Leader
    +44 (0)20 7303 3162
  • Ed Roddis
    Head of Public Sector Research
    +44 (0)20 7007 2920

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