This week the Chancellor of the Exchequer will stand up in the House of Commons and set out how public spending will be change across government departments over the next four years... We've been thinking about what the Chancellor should do, and have picked out five things that he should consider as he finalises the spending review...
If the Chancellor remains committed to getting "the best value for money for taxpayers", he must measure public organisations on their ability to deliver the right sort of outcomes at the right price. Only then will Departments be able to meet the demands of the current Parliament and the upcoming Spending Review.
Sport is important not just because it is good, but because it is good for society. Even if you aren't physically active, you feel the benefit of others who are - by paying less for the NHS, by having somewhere to drop your children at the weekend, by increasing our wealth as a country. In fact, spending on sport may be one of the best investments this government can make.
The Scunthorpe Steel Works have provided jobs and income to families in the town for over 150 years. The announcement of 2,200 job losses and the closure of the Redcar plant started speculation in Scunthorpe. The news today that over 900 jobs would be cut confirmed the town's worst fears. The possibility of the closure of the Scunthorpe Steel Works is becoming a reality. As a Scunthorpe resident, I'm worried about the future. What will happen to my town?
The Chancellor had a good tale to tell about falling unemployment, falling welfare bills, growth in output and living standards. He talked repeatedly about how the government of which he is a member is "fixing the roof as the sun begins to shine." The problem is, if we're not able to train people to do the job, he may find himself having to fix his own roof.