The State of the State 2020 - 2021

Wednesday 4th November 2020, 13:00
- 14:00

The State of the State is an annual report produced jointly by Deloitte and Reform. Informed by interviews with public sector leaders, as well as citizen and frontline service worker surveys, the report explores the challenges and opportunities facing public services and broader society.

COVID-19 and the measures taken to control the virus have demonstrated some of the best, and most effective, aspects of the State – but also some of the deficiencies. The pandemic has also exposed some of the trade-offs in public services, for example between efficiency and resilience, and central control and local autonomy. Further discussion will be needed about the powers and funding of local government. 

At the same time, public expectations of the State are high, the virus has exacerbated inequalities, and the public finances are under considerable strain. Innovative ideas on how to deliver a more resilient state and a stronger social contract will be sought by Government.

Confirmed panellists: 

  • William Wragg MP, Chair, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee 
  • Professor Donna Hall CBE 
  • Ed Roddis, Director of Public Sector Research, Deloitte 
  • Charlotte Pickles, Director, Reform

This webinar launched the findings of the 2020 report, and discussed the challenges and opportunities facing public services. This event was kindly held in partnership with Deloitte.