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Walker vs Haldenby on public sector reform in the crunch

By James Crabtree  

Any outsourcers hiding inside?

Any outsourcers hiding inside?

What impact will the recession have on the long-running battle for public sector reform? Yesterday’s pre-budget report suggests its all rather up in the air. In the short-term public sector spending will be maintained, and go up in some areas – fueled by spending increases to stave off a slump. But, in the medium term, the government needs to claw the money back, with a mix of tax rises and efficiency savings. Meanwhile government welfare and PFI reforms, which rely heavily on…

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