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Section 2 - Why measure the impact of public service reform?

The current government has decided to make unprecedented cuts to government spending, over £83 billion within the course of one parliament. Current figures suggest that the number of NHS workers fell by almost 20,000 between 2010 & 2011 and 71,000 people employed within the education sector lost their jobs in 2011.

Likely impact
Public sector reform and public service cuts to the workforce will impact negatively on those most likely to be found working within the sector - namely women and minority ethnic staff. Runnymede commissioned Yaojun Li, a Professor of Sociology at Manchester University, to explore the potential impact of public sector cuts on ethnic minority workers. Findings from the research included:

Impact assessments
It is possible that no real assessment of the impact of cuts on whole groups of people took place before the decision to make these reforms to the public sector. This makes it even more important to monitor the impact at employer level. The data gathered can be used to prevent further inequalities by bringing the results to the attention of employers and the government, locally and nationally.

Next steps:

  1. Optional - download the summary of the public sector cuts research paper
  2. Optional - download the case study on assessing the impact of public service reform on the specialist teaching workforce
  3. Go to Section 3 - How to monitor the impact on the workforce

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