The 2004 spending review in July will effectively set the priorities for policy and for public spending for the next Parliament. This makes the 2004 review at least as important as the contents of Labour's future election manifesto and far more important than the 2004 Budget.
This pamphlet reviews the tough choices the government will have to make in the review. Giving certain policies priority will inevitably mean de-emphasising others and in the context of relatively tight constraints on overall spending, the relative losers in the 2004 review will be all too apparent.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.