The state of us: government to play bigger role in citizens’ lives
A top civil servant says the state will have more input across areas including health, infrastructure and income supports in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak
The state will have a more significant role in the lives of citizens than could have ever been imagined following the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the country’s most senior civil servants has said.
Robert Watt, secretary general at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, said the role of the state would likely be much-expanded across a range of areas including, potentially, health and infrastructure provision in the wake of the pandemic.
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