60 posts categorised "Government & public sector"

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...

23 June 2014

PwC in the Midlands appoints new head of its Government and Public Sector team

Andy Ford has been appointed the new head of PwC’s Government and Public Sector team in the Midlands. Andy was previously the leader of the firm's Public Sector Consulting practice in the South East region, where he focused on helping clients deliver major transformation programmes to reduce costs and improve...

19 May 2014

Health matters in 2015 and beyond

One year ahead of the general election, Midlands partner, Dr Tim Wilson outlines some of the key issues for the health agenda in the run up to 2015 and beyond. Increased focus on the whole health and care economy: We’ll see an increased focus on shared health and care problems...

24 March 2014

Budget 2014: our reactions

Watch our webcast for a summary of key outcomes Kevin Nicholson, UK Head of Tax, leads a discussion with a panel of specialists on the key outcomes of the Chancellor's Budget, their impact on individuals and companies and some of the broader issues affecting the economy and UK business. To...

10 February 2014

Delivering Future City Transport

By Richard Parker, Partner How can our cities deliver a better transport infrastructure and system over the next decade and beyond? And what key steps need to be taken now in order to realise our cities’ transport vision? This is the central question we are exploring in our roundtable series...

18 November 2013

Midlands’ cities perform well in new City index

Cities in the Midlands are performing well in terms of infrastructure (housing and transport), health, and work-life balance, according to a new report that ranks cities on their economic performance and quality of life, but for some cities there is room for improvement on jobs, income and skills. The 2013...

06 September 2013

Funding smarter - Our event series

How can a new and more competitive approach to administering public funds support growth? And deliver more for less cost? As part of our Stepping stones to growth campaign, we examined these big questions through a series of summer roundtable meetings, held in conjunction with the Social Market Foundation think...

08 July 2013

Securing the NHS at 75 needs to start today and the public will have to take more care of themselves

As the NHS celebrates its 65th anniversary, a new study finds that unless the public, providers, regulators, commissioners, and policy makers take deliberate and courageous action now to transform the NHS, it is highly likely it may not exist in its current form in ten years time. The findings in...

26 June 2013

Spending Review 2013: PwC comments on the impact on the Hospitality & Leisure sector

Robert Milburn, UK hospitality & leisure leader at PwC, said: "As a leading export sector, tourism and hospitality has a vital role to play in rebalancing the UK economy. The tourism, culture and heritage sector is responsible for 9% of GDP, which puts it on a par with financial services...

Spending review 2013: PwC comment on economic impact

Mark Smith, regional chairman at PwC in the Midlands, said: "The overall amount to be spent by the government in 2015/16 is £745 billion, exactly as planned in the Budget. So the size of the cake is the same as previously planned and the net effect of today's announcements on...

Spending review 2013: Tim Wilson and Michael Kitts comment on healthcare integration

Dr Tim Wilson, PwC comments on healthcare integration: "George Osborne announced in the Autumn Statement that £3bn will be put into 'joint health and social care commissioning' that will see "local NHS and local councils working together" to enable health and social care integration, especially re 'bed blockers'. "So today's...

Local authorities in the Midlands face more cuts across the board but some will feel more pain than others

The Government has challenged local authorities across the country to deliver a further 10%reduction in spending by 2015/16 to support the economy and ease the way to recovery. In the Midlands, however, some local authorities will feel the pain more than others, according to PwC. Commenting on the significance of...

21 June 2013

Total employment in Midlands set to rise by 2018 but wage growth will remain subdued

Analysis by PwC ahead of the forthcoming Spending Review on 26th June suggests that total employment in the West Midlands will increase by 2.5% by 2018, and 3.6% in the East Midlands – more than many other regions of the country. However, real wage growth is likely to remain more...

19 June 2013

Local authority confidence about impact of cuts plummets, according to survey

Council chief executives’ confidence about their ability to protect front line services from budget cuts has plummeted by 40% in a year, according to PwC’s latest survey of local authority leaders in the UK. The findings of PwC’s third annual survey - The Local State We’re In – consider how...

14 June 2013

There must be no let-up on local government transformation

By Andy Ford, Partner, PwC This month’s spending review announcement is widely expected to make grim reading for local government. Certainly, no one expects the efficiency and cost-saving climate to ease anytime soon. But as we move through the current spending round and look to the future, two things are...

07 June 2013

Future of Government: PwC report challenges public leaders to act differently in order to gain public trust in a more collaborative style of government

Public sector organisations around the world face a stark challenge: adjust to the reality of ‘doing more for less’ – or even ‘doing less for less’ – whilst focusing on what society needs and wants, and doing all this at a time of seismic changes. The new normal is for...

22 May 2013

Momentum growing for better public accounting

Governments around the world are increasingly taking steps to improve their accounting and achieve greater transparency – amidst growing recognition that the accounting framework traditionally used by the public sector isn’t fit for the 21st century. A PwC survey covering 100 countries reveals that while only 24% of governments currently...

10 May 2013

The Queen's Speech: An eye to the next Election?

By Nick Jones, Global Director of PwC’s Public Sector Research Centre The Queen’s Speech, the quaint tradition by which the government of the day sets out its annual legislative programme amid much pomp and no little ceremony, contained few surprises. Nevertheless, it was still of real interest in showing the...

20 March 2013

Budget 2013: Implications for public policy and wider growth

Commenting on the Budget's implications for public policy and wider growth, Nick Jones, Director, PwC government and Public Sector commented: A budget for growth? "The test for this Budget was always going to be whether it will deliver the growth the country needs. To start with the positives, there were...