This webinar hosted by Global Government Forum with Deloitte as a knowledge partner explored how governments can guard against a further rise in existing financial, wellbeing and health inequalities as countries seek to rebuild their economies, close their budget deficits in the wake of the pandemic.
Since the 2008 financial crisis, many countries have experienced slow economic growth, flat-lining household incomes and weakening job security. These problems have their own painful consequences, fostering social discord, public disillusionment and the rise of populist politicians. And now the arrival of COVID-19, which hits the weakest hardest, threatens to exacerbate existing financial, wellbeing and health inequalities.
So as countries seek to rebuild their economies – and, ultimately, to close their budget deficits ¬– in the wake of the pandemic, it will be important to guard against a further rise in inequality. How, for example, can civil servants ensure that pandemic stimulus spending reaches the most vulnerable? How could the worst-hit workers and businesses be supported to find new income streams? Which tax and social security policies could promote growth while protecting the weakest? And which public sector reforms could ensure that essential services, such as social care, remain accessible and effective?
At this Global Government Forum webinar, civil service leaders from around the world discussed the policies and services that could foster truly inclusive growth – ensuring that as we exit this crisis, we do not repeat the errors.
- Webinar chair Siobhan Benita, former UK senior civil servant
- Clare Moriarty, former UK Permanent Secretary of Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and former head of Department for Exiting the EU
- Dr Stephanie Allen, Global Public Health & Social Services Leader, Deloitte