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IFS head to give evidence on COVID-19's economic impact on public services

Institute for Fiscal Studies director Paul Johnson will give evidence when the House of Lords Public Services Committee hears from academics, charities and think tanks tomorrow (Wednesday 15 July from 3 p.m.) on COVID-19 lockdown lessons.

The committee will hear from:
At 3.00 p.m.

Professor Tony Travers, London School of Economics
Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Sarah Arnold, Senior Economist, New Economics Foundation

Possible questions include:

  • What will be the consequences of record Government borrowing to protect the economy since lockdown on funding public services in the future?
  • Will the £3billion allocated by the Government to support local authorities after the coronavirus crisis be enough for them to continue to deliver public services?
  • How did cuts in funding following the financial crisis affect central and local government's ability to deliver public services after the coronavirus outbreak?

At 3.55 p.m.

Anthony Soares, Director, Centre for Cross-Border Studies
Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
Dr Victoria Winckler, Director, Bevan Foundation

Possible questions include:

  • Since lockdown began, how well have devolved administrations cooperated with local government and the voluntary sector to deliver public services?
  • Have devolved administrations been able to achieve more integration between health and social care than in England?
  • Since the coronavirus outbreak, how well have devolved administrations cooperated across borders within the UK or with Ireland?

The virtual session will be live on Parliament TV.

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