The funding of public services is often talked about- often through the fairly narrow lenses of spending on the NHS, or adult social care or education.
This analysis takes a wider view and looks at public spending by area and reflects on the relationship between funding and need. It seems perverse to fund some parts of the public sector purely on perceived need - NHS /SCHOOLS etc and to fund local government on a basis related to its ability to support business and housebuilding. Joined together you get a very odd result.
The problem has been that in isolated silos ( the UK way since WW2) these decisions make some degree of sense in context. If we are going to make any sort of sense of Brexit, the importance of collaboration and integration of public services both in funding and spending will be vital.
When most people hear about an NHS birthday bonanza that the prime minister has committed to funding through a ‘Brexit dividend’, they take it on face value. We may occasionally read about implications for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. But we seldom ask about how that funding is distributed within England. Recent research from the British Academy suggests that we should. Treasury figures show that in 2016-17 London received public spending of over £10,000 per head, the highest in England and 14% of the UK total. By comparison, spending is around £8,100 per head in the South East, £8,160 in the East of England, and £8,280 in the East Midlands