Paying for Health, Education, and Housing: How Does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings?

Hardcover | July 15, 2000

byHoward Glennerster, John Hills, Tony Travers

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England is unusual in relying so heavily on central government to finance its social services. Citizens expect to be able to access services of similar standards wherever they live. This raises difficult theoretical and practical issues. How are the needs of different areas to be measured? Howare the different costs of providing services in very different parts of the country to be assessed? This book reviews the economic theory that underpins thinking about the problem. It then traces the way governments have distributed resources from the end of the last century until today. Itcritically analyses current methods for three services - the National Health Service, schools, and housing.

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England is unusual in relying so heavily on central government to finance its social services. Citizens expect to be able to access services of similar standards wherever they live. This raises difficult theoretical and practical issues. How are the needs of different areas to be measured? Howare the different costs of providing servic...

Howard Glennerster is at London School of Economics. John Hills is at London School of Economics.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:July 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199240787

ISBN - 13:9780199240784

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introducing and Analysing Formula FundingIntroductionPolitical principals and economic theoriesNeeds-based funding from the nineteenth century to the 1980sFunding in the NHS: Life after RAWPPart II: Formula Funding in the 1990sThe Development of education needs formulaeAllocating social housing subsidiesThree services, eight formulae: Common themes and differencesPart III: The View from the GroundShared values: Views from within the NHSCentral and local views of the education funding systemStruggling to identify objectives: Local authority housingA runaway train? Housing associationsPart IV: The Overall PatternCommon PatternsHere to now