Published: 23rd Jul 2014

A frustrating point has been reached in public service reform. We’ve finally grasped the importance of early intervention and prevention precisely at the point when we seem least able to afford it. Of course, this poor timing isn’t coincidental. Financial constriction has brought into stark relief how eye-wateringly expensive crisis services are to run. Yet the growing and eager consensus that we should manage demand for the hard end of the system feels as belated as the regretful hangover. We seem only capable of wisdom after the event. Now we have entered the ‘if only’ stage of our collective hangover. If only we had invested in early intervention when we had the money. If only we could now find a method of reinvesting money from crisis services into prevention work. If only we could raise sufficient social finance to pay for early interventions alongside running crisis services. If only we … (To read the full article, subscribe below)