#7: Speaking up for Public Services – The vital role of the public sector in and beyond the recession
Britain’s public services are a vital bedrock in sustaining local economies and communities both in good times and now, during the worst economic recession in living memory. They ensure essential investment in infrastructure and support for business and can mitigate the worst social and economic consequences of the downturn.
But as public services come under increasing pressure to cut costs and jobs, Speaking up for Public Services challenges the view that spending cuts are the only option. For Britain to emerge successfully from the current recession in a strong position for the future, we need to strengthen and sustain our core public services.
This Touchstone pamphlet was written and researched for the TUC by Mark Bramah, Andy Mudd, Nicola Carroll and Malcolm Wing of the Association for Public Service Excellence, a not-for-profit local government association working with over 300 councils across the UK.