Quelle surprise

Productivity across schools, hospitals, police and other services dropped by 3.2 per cent between 1997 and 2007, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).


You mean that shovelling money at political client groups with gay abandon, refusing to challenge the extant structure, means that it\’s necessary to pay more to get less?

Who knew?

Sure, we know that increasing productivity in services is more difficult than it is in manufacturing industry, but it should still increase, year on year. Otherwise we\’re all getting poorer rather than the desired richer.

7 thoughts on “Quelle surprise”

  1. It’s not paying more to get less. It’s paying more to get 3.2% less than the increase in the expenditure, isn’t it?

    I think this is quite positive really, lots of people go around saying half of spending is wasted, but it looks like the huge increase has mostly gone into better output.

  2. Smaller class sizes mean fewer students taught per £, but I wouldn’t necessarily call that a bad thing. Public services output can’t be measured in the same way as tractor production.

    This is the Express indulging in a pathetic piece of Labour bashing.

  3. And Matthew, Your math isn’t up to this conversation.


    The -3.2% is on the whole of the spending not on the portion that is the increase.
    Ergo it would be possible to argue that if spending has doubled the effect of the increase is -6.4%
    On the other hand, if the proposition that half of public spending is wasted was true in 1997 then the Government seem to have reduced that figure to 46 1/2%.
    Another of Labour’s acheivements.
    Forward with the Great Leader

  4. Gammon’s Law: In a state-funded organisation, an increase in inputs will lead to a decrease in outputs.

    The fascinating thing about Gammon’s Law is that you can look at any inputs or outputs and it still holds true.

  5. Zorro – Are you saying the outputs are better or worse? Or just asking about my health? It wasn’t very clear.

    Jus’asking – The report says output is 33.6% higher in 2007, inputs were 38% higher, which is a fall in productivity of 3.2%.

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