The State of the State

Government in the pandemic and beyond

This year’s State of the State finds government and public services across the UK leading radical, exhaustive and dynamic responses to the coronavirus pandemic. While that remains the public sector’s highest priority, the UK government has lost none of its ambition for commitments including a successful departure from the EU and levelling up. At the same time, the policies and politics of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales continue to diverge from Westminster and Whitehall as well as each other.

The state according to the public

A survey with more than 5,000 members of the public shows how people feel about tax, spending and public service priorities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We also explore attitudes towards data sharing with and across government, and unpick what the public across each nation and region wants to see levelled up.

The state according to the people who run it

Over 40 senior public sector figures from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland talked with us about the issues that matter to them. We explore their views on the legacy of COVID-19, levelling up. EU Exit and creating a data-driven government.

Around the UK

Our research

To understand public attitudes, Deloitte and Reform commissioned Ipsos MORI to survey more than 5,000 people on their views of government and public services. Then we interviewed more than 40 public sector leaders including permanent secretaries and other senior civil servants, chief constables, council chief executives, NHS leaders, education professionals and elected representatives. Together, this blend of quantitative and qualitative research gives us a view of the state according to the people who depend on it and the people who run it.


Jayson Hadley

Lead Partner, Government & Public Services UK

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Ed Roddis

Public Sector Research

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