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Coronavirus and the public sector

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is driving major changes in the public sector and dramatically affecting public finances. Find out more about what is happening and how it may affect you.

ICAEW insights

Spending Review 2020: UK faces ‘economic emergency’


26 November 2020: Against a gloomy backdrop of the largest annual GDP fall in 300 years, the Chancellor announced unparalleled levels of spending and borrowing to meet the challenges of COVID-19 in 2021 and beyond.

Chart of the week: Ireland Budget 2021


20 November 2020: The #icaewchartoftheweek takes a look at the Irish Government’s fiscal plans for 2021 and how it plans to tackle the twin headwinds of COVID and Brexit.

NAO criticises disarray in government COVID-19 procurement


19 November 2020: 8,600 pandemic-related contracts worth £18bn were entered into in the period up to 31 July 2020, but a lack of transparency in how they were awarded has given rise to serious concerns about how public money has been spent.

BBLs and the second wave


Nick Levine considers the extension of the government’s SME lending scheme and considers what the fallout may be for lenders and businesses.

ICAEW writes to Chief Secretary on Spending Review priorities


16 November 2020: Alison Ring, ICAEW’s director for public sector, has written to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury ahead of the Spending Review to stress the importance of investment in infrastructure, data and financial management.

Where is our National Infrastructure Strategy?


6 November 2020: Will the Spending Review on 25 November be accompanied by the long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy that will set out a framework for public and private investment in the UK for the coming quarter of a century?

Charity retail in recovery


Shop closures during lockdown left a hole in charities’ budgets, but continued rate reliefs and an extension to the retail grant scheme would help charity shops recover.

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Government Response – Global landscape

Government Stimulus tracker created by KPMG providing an overview of government measures and economic aid packages around the world in response to COVID-19. Summaries are given for each country or jurisdiction with general information, tax measures, economic stimulus measures, employment-related measures, customs measures, and other aid.

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