Levelling up or catching up – what next for public services?

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Institute for Government will discuss what’s next for public services.

The pandemic has hit public services hard, creating backlogs – from children missing out on school lessons, to cancelled hospital operations and unheard court cases – and leaving local authorities facing budget shortfalls.

But as the government focuses on post-pandemic economic recovery, its priority is to ‘level up’ parts of the country which have fallen behind in terms of economic growth, opportunity, and wellbeing. With limited resources, how can public services both address backlogs and ‘level up’? Has the pandemic made levelling up harder for public services? How, if at all, can public services contribute to levelling up? What should the government do to help them both catch-up and level-up?


  • Baroness Armstrong, Chair of the House of Lords Public Services Committee
  • Georgina Cox, Partner at PA Consulting
  • Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner at Public First and former Education and Innovation Adviser to David Cameron
  • Final panellist – to be confirmed

The event will be chaired by Graham Atkins, Associate Director at the Institute for Government.

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