You have to tax to spend, says Travers

14 Jun 01
The government will have a tough time delivering quality public services if it does not raise taxes or increase spending, a leading academic has warned.

15 June 2001

Tony Travers, director of the Greater London Group at the London School of Economics, told delegates that ministers would have to make a choice on the type of services to provide.

He said that they could opt for European-style public services, which are funded from higher taxes, or US-style services – often of poorer quality and funded from a lower tax base.

'Britain must decide what kind of public sector it wants,' Travers said. 'You can't have the best of both worlds. Do we really want a European-style public sector with faster trains or do we want low taxes with limited public services?'


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