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As the dust settles following the result of the recent EU referendum, the government and public sector is still under pressure and will be for the next few years. Our blog explores what the top priorities are to deliver manifesto commitments while bringing the public finances into balance.

02 December 2016

Devolution still firmly on the agenda

By Michael Moore Devolution’s place in the list of government priorities has been questioned openly in recent months, boiled down to one simple point: without George Osborne has the policy lost its political significance? Well, midway through his Autumn Statement to Parliament, the chancellor answered this, and other questions, with...

01 December 2016

The Connected Housing Association? Social housing and the internet of things

By Kevin Jarrett The ‘Connected Home’ and Internet of Things market is estimated to be worth £4.5 billion in the UK by 2020 and some $150 billion worldwide. While industries such as utilities, telecoms and hi-tech manufacturers are all entering this new market from different angles, are housing associations ready...

24 November 2016

The Autumn Statement is a welcome step in the right direction – but more is needed to deliver the Government’s ambitions for UK infrastructure

By Neil Broadhead It’s hard to argue against the widely-held view that the UK has been underinvesting in infrastructure for decades – not least in its transport links. Against this background, the Chancellor’s commitment in the Autumn Statement to allocate £1 billion to small “shovel-ready” schemes such as local road...

Autumn Statement: A new chapter?

By Nick C Jones The Autumn Statement was an opportunity to reset the public finances, upgrade the UK’s productivity through a boost to investment in infrastructure and innovation, and set out a new economic plan in the run up to the start of Brexit negotiations. There were, of course, some...

14 November 2016

Trading Up and Out: Seeing challenge as opportunity

By Tina Hallett Securing the right trade deal for the UK after Brexit will require wide and deep engagement across business and society. So how can government separate the substance from the noise and deliver what’s best for the UK? This week, I hosted an expert panel event to discuss...

08 November 2016

Good growth for all across UK cities

By Nick C Jones, Jonathan Bruce and John Hawksworth With a new government has come a renewed focus on supporting growth throughout the country. And while there is some nervousness about the potential economic impact of the UK leaving the EU, most cities are entering this period of uncertainty from...

03 November 2016

Redrawing the health and social care architecture

By David Morris The NHS is rightly a source of national pride in the UK. But the service today is under significant financial and demand pressures. These pressures only look set to increase and the demands on the service and on social care services provided by local councils mean we...

31 October 2016

Where should carbon reduction feature in the UK’s industrial strategy?

By Lit Ping Low and Nick C Jones In December 2015, over 190 countries reached a deal on the Paris Agreement, an ambitious goal to limit and reduce GHG emissions over the coming decades. On 5 October 2016, the double threshold for the Paris Agreement to enter into force (at...

27 October 2016

Charities & Retail: driving growth and increasing revenue

By James Bowman, Rachel Thursfield and Ludovico D'Elia In recent years charities have faced many challenges, including more demand for their services, a reduction in public sector funding, increasing competition for donors as the pressure on individual-giving grows, and the need to embrace and invest in digital technologies. For those...

26 October 2016

Learning to let go in the Midlands: next steps for fiscal devolution

By Richard Vialard As a new dad, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the relationship I want to have with my daughter as she finds her way in the world. Having the faith she will think things through and learn calculated risks herself, with the help of rewards,...

25 October 2016

Making benchmarking work: Five lessons from the Netherlands

By Matthew Williams Benchmarking has the potential to be a tool to improve performance and support change, but too often it is reduced to a regulatory burden. Last week we hosted colleagues from the Netherlands who shared lessons in how to make benchmarking a success. For the last two years,...

04 October 2016

The Midlands Engine pulls out of the station – but are the public on board?

By Ali Breadon, Midlands Government and Public Sector Lead The West Midlands city region will be sealing its devolution deal with the election of a new Mayor in May 2017. But what do the people of the West Midlands think about the new mayor and what are their priorities? As...

30 September 2016

Power to the people: What do the people of Liverpool want from the new Mayor?

By Martin Heath, Liverpool Office Senior Partner Liverpool City Region will be sealing its devolution deal with the election of a new Mayor in May 2017. It is a ground-breaking process: shifting power, resource and accountability away from Whitehall, with the potential to unlock economic growth, and improve public services....

Engaging hearts and minds through charities’ reporting

By Jill Halford, Daniel Chan and David Hagger We were delighted to present the 2016 Award for ‘Excellence in Reporting’ in Charities at the annual PwC Building Public Trust in Corporate Reporting Awards Dinner on 29 September 2016. Our award assessed the reporting by registered charities in the Charity Finance...

28 September 2016

Feeling in control…? Brexit and the role of the Public Sector Audit Committee

By Nick Haigney Truth be told, Brexit is a complex agenda that will take years to deliver. So for Audit Committee Chairs and Internal Audit Directors, the challenge facing them as they reconvene from their summer vacations is where to start? Four areas of focus may help engage management on...

23 September 2016

How Gov.Tech pioneers can change the face of public services through disruptive innovation

By Tina Hallett In an always-on, 24/7 connected world, the relationship between citizens, national and local government is changing. As entrepreneurs innovate and deliver products and services that users really want, consumers increasingly expect their relationship with government to be equally nimble, customer-focused and immediate. Just as entrepreneurs and SME’s...

22 September 2016

An economy for the nation – and the regions

By Tina Hallett If Theresa May is to deliver her vision of both a “country that truly works for everyone” and “all our great cities firing on all cylinders to rebalance the economy”, a new approach will be needed to devolution and to local growth. And with the latest public...

08 September 2016

No Ordinary Job: Supporting Reserves in the Workplace

By Steve Kershaw, Chair of PwC’s Military Network As we celebrate Reserves Day, Steve Kershaw, Chair of PwC’s Military Network reflects on how businesses can support reserves in the workplace. Today is Reserves Day. Events will be held in businesses and workplaces all over the UK to give the public...

07 September 2016

Cities of opportunity: London leads the way

By Ian Baxter For a second time running, London has topped the chart in our comparative study of 30 global cities. Cities of Opportunity 7 analyses a wide range of indicators to explore what really makes a city tick. And London comes top particularly in terms of its economic clout,...

08 August 2016

Funding or financing? Untangling a policy confusion

By Paul Davies When advising the public sector on projects, I’ve often found my clients can be confused between the meaning of 'financing' and 'funding'. This confusion can lead to lost opportunities to get assets and infrastructure part paid for by the private sector and end users. For instance, it...