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Towards a sustainable state


Despite 10 years of austerity, UK public spending is still greater than tax revenues. How can we sustain public service provision in this fiscal climate?


An initiative of the Policy Institute at King’s College London, Towards a Sustainable State aims to provide a platform for informed debate and analysis on some of the UK’s biggest policy challenges, during a period where public services are stretched and the public purse is being squeezed.

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Drawing on the views of a wide range of experts from many disciplines, we are holding seminars and producing analysis, blogs and videos to explore pressing issues – such as the housing crisis, the UK’s ageing population, and the future of work – and generate a more substantive debate.

Through this work, we hope to play a role – however small – in making sure these issues don’t slip down the political agenda as Brexit and general political uncertainty dominate public life.

Interested in contributing?

The Policy Institute is keen to hear from a diverse range of expert voices on the issues covered by the Towards a sustainable state project. If you are interested in writing for the TSS website, get in touch at

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