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As we move rapidly towards the next general election, all eyes are on ideas that will emerge to deliver good growth, reform government and public services and help lift standards of living. Our blog explores the most pressing challenges being faced in the public sector today, towards 2015 and beyond.

26 January 2015

Good growth and a regional capital

By Nick C Jones and Esmond Birnie Which city in the UK is sixth in our Good Growth for Cities Index and also on the ONS’ latest estimates of GVA per capita? The answer is, of course, Belfast. But how many investors, visitors and potential workers and residents know this?...

20 January 2015

Focused on the horizon: the economic and political landscape for charities in 2015

By Ian Oakley-Smith Follow @Oakleysmith2 What could change after the election? The economic and political landscape has changed dramatically for charities in the last few years and, in our view, 2015 will be no different. Whilst changes may inevitably be in the second half of the year, given the General...

15 January 2015

Reimagine your future: megatrends and international development (part two)

By Edwina Chin and Rob Vaughan Follow @robpwv PwC has identified five megatrends – demographic and social change, the shift in global economic power, rapid urbanisation, climate change & resource scarcity and technological breakthroughs – which we see as the big forces that are disrupting the economy, business and society...

12 January 2015

Reimagine your future: megatrends and international development (part one)

By Edwina Chin and Rob Vaughan Follow @robpwv Developing and emerging economies are at the heart of several major changes which will transform the role of international development and the way that aid is delivered by donor organisations. PwC has identified five megatrends – demographic and social change, the shift...

09 January 2015

Regaining public trust in the UK’s public finances

By Nick C Jones The New Year has started with a volley of thrusts and counter-thrusts from the main political parties over who’s ‘best placed’ to manage the UK economy and the public finances. But, what does the public itself think about the information they receive from government about the...

06 January 2015

Payment-by-results: the elixir or the poison?

By Jason Calvert As the concept of Payment-by-Results (PbR) gains momentum in the international development sector, it hasn’t taken long for it to turn into somewhat of a ‘dirty’ word – particularly among not-for-profits. In some ways, its reputation can be justified but not entirely. PbR is a payment mechanism...

23 December 2014

Peering into 2015

By Nick C Jones For many, the approach of the end of the year marks a time for celebration, whether that’s the Christmas period, the New Year or both! For businesses, it can be the busiest time of the year as consumers gear up for the festivities and go on...

19 December 2014

First steps for multispecialty community providers

By Kalee Talvitie-Brown With primary care in the UK under pressure and recognition that the current approach to general practice has reached its limits, the announcement in the Five Year Forward View of the Multispecialty Community Provider (MCP) model has received positive attention. In early December, we convened a group...

Closing the leadership gap: Can the NHS grow the leaders it needs for 2015 and beyond?

By Angela Mohtashemi and David Thorpe Will the NHS of 2015 and beyond require different skills in its leaders? Where will the new leaders needed come from and how can the NHS develop them? This question hasn’t escaped the attention of the government and the NHS. On 4 December Sir...

16 December 2014

Unlocking the potential: investing in women and girls

By Bethan Grillo and Emily Coates Unlocking the potential of women and girls can bring direct economic, social and business benefits. The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has put this issue at the heart of its development assistance and over the past few years, a number of programmes have...