78 posts categorised "Government & public sector"

18 May 2016

How to identify and manage your business’ travel security risks

By Scott Hughes In a world where staff are increasingly travelling for business reasons, it is important that employers have the right safeguarding processes in place. With increasing global unrest, the full spectrum of security threats and risks should be a crucial consideration for all business travel, not just travel...

21 April 2016

HMRC increases scrutiny of employment taxes in the Higher Education sector

By Martine Bach On a national and international level the tax risk landscape is changing for all organisations. New regulatory requirements plus increased employer obligations place a growing emphasis on organisations to monitor, report and do everything on a ‘real time’ basis. These changes are as relevant to the Higher...

15 February 2016

PwC in the Midlands hosts ‘Devolution Revolution’ debate

PwC in the Midlands hosted a Devolution debate at its Birmingham office on Thursday 11 February, with a panel of expert speakers including Martin Reeves, Paul Faulkner and Kate Welch OBE. The debate was attended by around 70 PwC staff, and focused on the impact the shift of powers and...

18 January 2016

Unlocking the value of Performance Management in Higher Education

By Victoria Ansell, Human Resource Management You can’t help to have noticed the unprecedented level of change experienced by the Higher Education sector in recent years. Universities are adapting to new ways of receiving funding meanwhile paying students are ever more focussed on value for money in terms of what...

11 January 2016

Reverse and re-balance; delivering the devolution deal

By Richard Parker, Partner The West Midlands has reached a settlement that will reset and redefine relationships across the administrative boundaries of seven Metropolitan Councils, three regional LEPs and a number of significant and relevant Districts. From a Region that was at risk of being left behind (by others) and...

16 December 2015

PwC launches network to support devolution and regional economic growth

PwC has announced a UK-wide initiative to advise and support organisations and authorities on devolution and regional economic growth. Led by Stephanie Hyde, PwC Executive Board head of regions, the Devo Delivery Network has more than 350 local and central government experts and specialist advisors spread across PwC’s 31 UK...

25 November 2015

SR/AS 2015 - PwC in the Midlands comments on public sector implications from the Autumn Statement

Public sector asset sales The full document of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 states that (taken from full document): The government is seeking up to a further £5 billion of corporate and financial asset sales by March 2020, building on successes in the last Parliament. Through the Spending...

23 November 2015

Half of public want deficit eliminated in five years – PwC survey

Research by PwC* has shown that half of the public (51%) continue to believe it is important that the deficit is eliminated over the next five years. The survey of 2,000 adults across the UK, also polled people on where they think the government’s spending priorities should be. A majority...

17 November 2015

PwC in the Midlands comments on the country’s biggest devolution deal to date

The proposed agreement with government will see it make an annual contribution worth £40 million for 30 years to support an overall investment package worth £8 billion, alongside the creation of up to half a million jobs. The proposed deal will give the emerging West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), working...

05 November 2015

Midlands cities perform well in latest Good Growth for Cities index

Rising employment in the region and a return to growth in real earnings have helped boost the performance of the Midlands, according to the latest 2015 Good Growth for Cities index, with most Midlands cities performing well - particularly in health, transport and environment. Published today [5 November 2015] the...

08 July 2015

Budget 2015: PwC comment on central government; Spending Review implications; departmental budgets

Commenting on the implications of the Budget for departmental budgets, the Spending Review and underpinning UK growth: Tina Hallet, head of public sector, PwC, said: "The Budget has flagged productivity and skills plans - the detail will be critical later this week. Dealing with the deficit is as much about...

02 July 2015

Decentralisation critical to local growth and public sector reform, but needs a whole system approach, says PwC report

More than one in five English local authorities expects to become part of a new combined authority, governed by an elected mayor, by 2020, according to a new report from PwC. That figure has soared since before the general election when a mere 12% of local authority chief executives and...

29 April 2015

Transforming health and social care in the Midlands

By Andy Ford & Mike Wallace The devolution of Greater Manchester’s £6bn health and social care budget has re-ignited the debate on integrated care. However, integration alone will not lead to the transformational change that’s needed in our health and care services. We recently hosted chief executives from four local...

16 April 2015

Do changes in healthcare delivery impact on the future of care homes?

Sharon Johal, senior associate in PwC’s business recovery services team in the Midlands discusses how current trends may impact on how care home providers plan for the future. The present challenge The delivery of healthcare in the UK is being shaped by demographic and behavioural changes, severe financial pressures, the...

26 March 2015

Council leaders are under pressure and Midlands’ public is less accepting of service cuts

Only one in ten council chief executives is confident their council can protect frontline services in the face of continued austerity over the next five years. Just 36% of people in the Midlands region accept the need to make reductions in services. Midlands public most aware of reductions in repair...

27 November 2014

Midlands’ cities scoring well in latest 'Good Growth for Cities' index

Most cities in the Midlands are holding up well in an annual index of UK cities’ performance and with strong scores in terms of health, transport and environmental measures. These are the results of the 2014 'Good Growth for Cities' index, which is produced by PwC and think tank Demos....

22 August 2014

Public still hold Westminster accountable when decentralisation lacks real powers and visibility

After almost a decade of devolution and decentralisation of services across the UK, the public still holds Westminster accountable for public services when they deteriorate nationally, but devolved governments are increasingly getting the blame if services deteriorate or things go wrong. The new research by PwC – Who’s accountable now?...

30 July 2014

Productivity in the public sector - what makes a good job?

This new Talking Points publication from PwC and Demos explores what can be done to lift productivity and how the public sector can play its part. The UK as a whole has a productivity problem. Its workers produce less per hour than their counterparts in France, Germany and the US,...

23 July 2014

Future of Government: 'How government and public sector organisations world wide must adjust to the new reality of doing more for less'

Delivering on the Citizen Promise In the face of recurrent budget cuts to reduce fiscal deficits in many countries, affordable government has become the watchword. This means doing more for less – meeting rising citizens’ expectations by doing things differently to deliver services more effectively and efficiently. Where Next for...

24 June 2014

PwC wins Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility award

PwC in the Midlands has been recognised by Birmingham City Council for its efforts to maximise social value from its day-to-day business operations. PwC’s Midlands Chairman, Mark Smith, received the award from the Council on Thursday 19 June 2014. (Pictured, Cllr Stewart Stacey, right, presents the CSR certificate to Mark...