The Early Action Task Force has set out ways in which a future government could free itself from the stranglehold of short-term planning and save money as a result.
The Task Force’s report proposes a new investment strategy, including a ten-year government planning perspective, combined with firm five-year budgets in every spending review. It also advocates:
- a new budget for early action spending to protect vital social investment from short term “current account” pressures;
- a £250m Early Action Loan Fund to promote better working across different budgets and agencies to be funded by a new tax on “social polluters” including alcohol, gambling and pay-day lenders;
- an independent Office for Future Generations to report on the Government’s progress in investing in reducing costs downstream.
See http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/17863/ coverage, or see press release from Community Links, which leads the Task Force http://www.community-links.org/news/pr/towards-effective-prevention/.
Download ‘Towards effective prevention: Practical steps for the next government’ (pdf, 813KB) from http://www.community-links.org/our-national-work/publications/towards-effective-prevention-practical-steps-for-the-next-government