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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.

05 March 2015

What do businesses really want from government?

By Tina Hallett Where can government most help UK businesses to grow? This is a question which is front of mind for politicians in the run up to the general election and forms a central finding in our report Government and the Global CEO: Delivering outcomes, creating value. In terms...

27 February 2015

Delivering the bottom line

By Tina Hallett The first 100 days of a government is usually a defining moment for the success (or otherwise) of the administration. But with multiple parties possibly in coalition after the election in May, we are likely to find that getting off to a flying start in balancing the...

We need new ways of addressing antimicrobial resistance

By Jo Pisani & Alan Milburn It’s a global problem that could claim an additional 10 million lives a year, and the NHS and pharma need to work together to tackle it, say Jo Pisani and Alan Milburn. The UK is ill-equipped to respond to increasing resistance to antibiotics, which...

26 February 2015

Full speed ahead: Manchester – taking control of its transport destiny

By Clement Walsh Against the backdrop of a cross-party commitment to further devolution and the prospect of new investment in major national infrastructure projects - such as HS2 and new airport and road capacity – we’re hosting a series of roundtables across the UK with the Smith Institute to discuss...

25 February 2015

Great expectations for Manchester’s health deal

By Dr Tim Wilson & Jonathan House The expected devolution of Greater Manchester’s £6bn health and social care budget builds on the city-region’s impressive record on collaborative working across the public sector. While the detail is yet to be set out, there is huge potential for Greater Manchester to take...

24 February 2015

The 2018 University: managing complexity and integrating for the future

By Phelim O'Kane and Caitroina McCusker In our blog ‘’The 2018 University – how ready is higher education to embrace the future’ we considered the challenges facing today’s universities, highlighting that too many conflicting systems mean data is difficult to access and doesn’t provide the insight needed. In this blog,...

23 February 2015

Think digital, act local: transforming relationships between services and citizens

By Mike Wallace, Tim Hoban & Stewart Wilson Digitisation can help local government save money, reinvent services and recast the relationship between the citizen and the state. But councils should go further in exploring digital capabilities, potentially in collaboration with each other and other agencies, as highlighted by a new...

20 February 2015

Youth unemployment: an international perspective

By Damian Riley and James Langford Back in December, we raised youth unemployment as a fundamental part of debates around lifting living standards in the UK, as we head towards the general election. But what lessons can the UK learn from other countries? While many countries experienced the impact of...

19 February 2015

Full speed ahead: London looks to innovation for vehicles and project appraisal

By Grant Klein Against the backdrop of a cross-party commitment to further devolution and the prospect of investment in major national infrastructure projects - such as HS2 and a step change in road capacity – we’re hosting a series of roundtables across the UK with the Smith Institute. Our aim...

17 February 2015

Austerity Government Scene II (a balancing act)

By Charles Lloyd With less than one hundred days to go, the political parties are now, in earnest, reaching out to the electorate to explain how they differ. But in one area, at least, there appears to be a degree of consensus. The next government will be one still under...

10 February 2015

Smart Moves: tapping into growth in public transport

By Grant Klein Follow @GrantAKlein With a growing population and economy, demand on the UK’s transport network is continuing to rise. The challenge for both government and providers is to ensure that transport is a continuing enabler for the growth of our regions and cities. A vital element of this...

03 February 2015

The new digital age: are charities ready for disruption?

By James Bowman and Dominic Putt "To disrupt or to be disrupted. That is the question". OK, if Shakespeare were alive today, he might not have said those exact words but all charities, large or small, need to be asking themselves that same question. In a previous blog, we talked...

02 February 2015

The key to unlocking new models of integrated care

By Mike Farrar and Dr Tim Wilson Follow @drtimwilson Many technical and contractual questions need to be answered about new models of care to win over GPs, say Mike Farrar and Tim Wilson Many column inches, in HSJ and elsewhere, have outlined the growing, and now urgent, need to reform...

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...