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A fine balance: why we need to focus on equity as well as autonomy and accountability in schools policy

Cheryl Lloyd explores what new Nuffield-funded research tells us about post-2010 education reforms

How effectively does the government control its spending?

Governments are responsible for spending huge amounts of public money. Effective control of that spending is essential if governments are to meet their fiscal objectives, deliver their desired policy outcomes, and achieve value for money for the taxpayer.

A new IFS report, published today as part of a wider study of the history of public expenditure control funded by the Nuffield Foundation, uses more than twenty years of data to analyse the planning and control of public expenditure between 1993 and 2015.