Government wastes £10bn patching up public services

Billions are being spent to prop up UK services like health, education and law and order when they hit rock bottom, rather than finding better ways to work

More than £10bn of taxpayers’ money is being wasted because the government continues to ignore emerging warning signs on key public services, allowing pressures to build—and then diverting emergency cash to the frontline when a crisis emerges.

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