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11th December 2009 How do you manage public services in tough economic times? Analysis of the pre-Budget report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has found that all the extra money the government has spent on public services since coming to power could be unwound by 2018. The Today Programme highlighted the PSP Conference and featured a discussion between one of the speakers, Programme investigator John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathyclyde, and former government secretary David Blunkett on the future funding of public services (at 08:10).

12th December 2009 The Today Programme sent reporters to the PSP Conference and recorded an interview with Professor Oliver James, Programme Fellow. As the Today website says “academics and government officials gathered at a conference in London to discuss the future of public services in the coming “age of austerity”. The government’s top civil servant, Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell, warned delegates that future governments would have to learn to provide more services with less money, but not all the speakers agreed.” The Today Programme item (at 08:32) also featured a debate between Sally Hunt, general secretary of the Universities and College Union, and David Clark, director general of Solace, on the future of public services.