The public see the continuing problems with public services

May 25, 2007 10:47 AM

An FT Harris poll confirms that most people see little improvement since 1997 in schools or hospitals. A truly staggering amount of public money has been spent on services and the public are increasingly noticing that a lot of this has been wasted. The idea that the main problem with public services is a lack of funding is being rejected by the public.


Attention will have to be paid to the deeper causes of public sector failure: politicians without management experience and in their post for just a short time trying to run the huge bureaucratic conglomerates that are government departments.


Only decentralisation and an acceptance by governments that a greater involvement of civil society is the way to run these services will see a genuine improvement in public sector performance. To start off with we could look at the consumer choice in the provision of education and healthcare that is on offer in a number of Continental countries but not in Britain.

An FT Harris poll confirms that most people see little improvement since 1997 in schools or hospitals. A truly staggering amount of public money has been spent on services and the public are increasingly noticing that a lot of this has been wasted. The idea that the main problem with public services is a lack of funding is being rejected by the public.


Attention will have to be paid to the deeper causes of public sector failure: politicians without management experience and in their post for just a short time trying to run the huge bureaucratic conglomerates that are government departments.


Only decentralisation and an acceptance by governments that a greater involvement of civil society is the way to run these services will see a genuine improvement in public sector performance. To start off with we could look at the consumer choice in the provision of education and healthcare that is on offer in a number of Continental countries but not in Britain.

Latest Blogs:

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Aid spending needs to be more transparent

4:55 PM 08, Dec 2016 Harry Fairhead

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

The sugar tax and the public finances

6:00 AM 05, Dec 2016 Harry Fairhead

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Working for the taxman

6:00 AM 26, Nov 2016 Harry Fairhead

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Further thoughts on the Autumn Statement

4:56 PM 24, Nov 2016 James Price