Few periods have been as tumultuous for the public sector, and indeed the world, as the past five years. Austerity measures have given way to providing support during a cost of living crisis and pressures on public sector pay have reached a crescendo. COVID-19 has been and (largely) gone as the NHS gets to grips with the move from Clinical Commissioning Groups to Integrated Care Systems. We have felt the effects of leaving the European Union. The need to achieve net-zero has been almost universally recognised. The Government Digital Service (GDS) has been instrumental in driving digital transformation across the public sector. There has been significant welfare reform including the completion of the rollout of Universal Credit, and local authorities have continued to face challenges in funding and service provision.
But how have these changes, and many other besides, been reflected in the structure and funding of the public sector?
Well, wonder no more – our data boffins have pulled together a rather nifty chart that draws on Oxygen Insight’s vast spend dataset based on millions of public sector invoices. Simply select a year using the drop-down list to see the structure of the public sector, relative to expenditure with third-party suppliers, for that year. To focus on a specific area, click on the chart to zoom in, and use the ↑ to zoom out again. Enjoy!