Public spending estimated to hit £3.2 trillion over next four years

Immediate release: 28 February 2018


  • Political heavyweights and council leaders join speaker line up for the UK’s largest ever public sector show
  • Exhibitors include UK Space Agency, Open University and techUK


Public spending in the UK is expected to reach more than £3 trillion* over the next four years (the course of the current parliament) in areas such as transport, health, education and defence, according to the organiser of the Public Sector Show 2018.

The UK’s largest and most important public sector event will see leading figures from across government departments, local government and professional bodies discuss how to drive efficiencies while delivering improved services for the taxpayer.

The interactive day will see more than 140 leading speakers and thousands of senior budget-holders and decision makers discuss the state of the public sector as well as four core themes identified as creating the biggest efficiency challenges and opportunities: digital and technology, finance and corporate, estates and infrastructure, and workforce and leadership. Providing the latest policy briefings and insights,  pioneering best practice case studies, and in-depth interviews, the event will give attendees an opportunity to join and interact with some of the most influential figures in the public sector on its most pressing issues.

Speaking ahead of the show, leading figures from the sector give their insights for 2018:

Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD said: “The public sector needs to work smarter and the use of new technology will be a massive driver in that. From moving more services online through to using chatbots and creating more advanced analytical tools, technology will create different and more efficient ways of working. However, the sector must engage its people in any change, ensuring they have a voice and to gain better insights into future skills and opportunities that could deliver even better public services.”

Alyson Brett, Managing Director of NHS Commercial Solutions said “The NHS and local authorities are facing many challenges linked to the fact that we’re all living longer but new technologies including AI could help take some of the strain out of the system. Worryingly, there’s a growing trend for people to ‘DIY diagnose’ using Google. The technology of the future could stop that by providing people with access to an app that triages them around the health system based on an initial diagnosis.”

Other high-profile speakers confirmed for the show include: Jacky Wright, Chief Digital Information Officer at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC); Sir Amyas Morse, Auditor and Comptroller-General, National Audit Office; Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer, UK Civil Service; Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport; Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce; and Angela Harrowing, Programme Director, Asset Efficiency and One Public Estate,  Government Property Unit (GPU).

As well as hearing from inspirational speakers and case studies, more than 150 exhibitors will be showcasing a vast range of products and services that can help the public sector save money and improve performance. Exhibitors include UK Space Agency, techUK, Crown Commercial Service and Open University, as well as a wealth of other providers aligned to the four core themes of the event.

Corby Ganesh, Portfolio Director of  the Public Sector Show, said:

“We have an unrivalled line up of speakers and exhibitors at this year’s Public Sector Show, making it the must attend event if you want to discuss specific challenges, share knowledge and try out for yourself the vast array of innovative products and services designed to drive down costs, improve efficiency and ultimately deliver better public services.”

The Public Sector Show takes place at ExCeL in London on 26th June 2018. Registration is free for those working in the public sector.

Its sister event will also be held in Manchester on 20th November 2018.

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Notes to editors:

*A cumulative figure based on total UK public spending for 2018, which is budgeted at £814bn according to analysis carried out by  The figure does not allow for factors such as rises in inflation or changes in population size.