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As the dust settles following the general election, we enter a new parliamentary term. 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.

25 July 2016

Brexit and the role of Social Housing - why it is time to look beyond the ‘bottom line’ to the important role the sector can play

By Jane Forbes In the immediate aftermath of the EU Referendum result, it was no surprise that this year’s CIH Conference in Manchester was dominated by discussion on the impact the exit would have on the Housing sector. With predictions of falling house prices and sales, at a time when...

21 July 2016

The NHS - embracing best practice in good financial management

By David Morris The NHS is an institution we should all be proud of. Day in, day out, 1.7 million staff provide world-leading care to a fast-growing population with ever more complex challenges and higher expectations. But the NHS delivers its services with a budget of 0.4% of GDP less...

20 July 2016

What next for the NHS?

By Quentin Cole As Jeremy Hunt returns to his desk, Quentin Cole, PwC Health Industries Leader, reflects on the key issues facing the Health Secretary. Jeremy Hunt has been running the NHS for four years now. He knows the Service inside out. There are many great things happening in the...

19 July 2016

Forces for Change: the Public’s Perception of the armed forces

By Roland Sonnenberg In the first of series of blogs looking at the results of PwC’s 2016 Forces for Change survey, Roland Sonnenberg lays out the report’s findings. Published today, PwC’s Forces for Change survey acts as an annual barometer of how the public perceive the threats facing the UK...

18 July 2016

Brexit & HE: will there still be access to finance at an affordable price?

By Daniel Earle This is part of a series of blogs that consider the implications of the vote to leave the European Union on the UK higher education sector. Universities have been borrowing at unprecedented levels over the last two years with HEFCE data showing a c. £1bn increase in...

12 July 2016

Brexit and the implications for Higher Education

By Nadia Idries This is part one of a series of blogs that will consider what the implications of the vote to leave the European Union will have on the UK higher education sector. The referendum result on 23 June 2016 has marked a turning point in the UK’s political...

11 July 2016

Universities Human Resource Conference – The changing face of work

By Gemma Buxton I was delighted to have attended the 2016 Universities Human Resource (UHR) conference in Brighton in May. Despite a rather wet and windy promenade it was great to reconnect with so many universities and learn more about their strategic HR objectives. The theme for this year’s conference...

07 July 2016

Digital challenges facing the third sector

By Dom Putt and David Gimson We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. (Bill Gates) It’s remarkable how new technology becomes everyday. We’ve moved from marvelling at the features available on a smartphone...

06 July 2016

Building resilience and dealing with volatility in social housing

By Matthew Williams Resilience in the wake of the Brexit vote was, unsurprisingly, a key topic of conversation at the CIH conference in Manchester this year, and particularly so at our roundtable dinner for CEOs. And while in so many spheres of political, economic and everyday life the last week...

01 July 2016

A Long and Winding Road…

By Grant Klein Grant Klein considers the impact of the result of the EU referendum on the UK’s transport sector, in the first of a series of blogs. The first few days after the EU referendum have been momentous, both politically and economically. The impact on the transport sector will...

28 June 2016

Leaving the EU – where next for the “devolution revolution?”

By Stephanie Hyde Exactly two years and one day after the Chancellor of the Exchequer told an audience in Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, “…we need a Northern Powerhouse,” the Electoral Commission's chief counting officer declared the referendum result in Manchester’s Town Hall - the UK had voted to...

24 June 2016

What next for public services after the vote to Leave?

By Tina Hallett The vote to Leave the EU marks the start of an uncertain, complex and no doubt lengthy process for the UK in determining its new relationship with the EU. The government will need to respond to the wider consequences of leadership succession, and quickly ramp up the...

13 June 2016

Do merging housing associations have a strategy that works?

By Matthew Williams ‘Mega mergers’ continue to be the talk of the social housing sector, with current mergers on the table covering around a quarter of the total stock owned and managed by housing associations. We highlighted this trend towards mergers almost a year ago, in our Talking Points, Housing...

09 June 2016

Beyond the heroic leader: enabling city competitiveness through distributed urban leadership

By Jonathan House Few doubt the importance of good leadership in developing and executing place-based strategies, particularly in major cities. Ask the question about what makes Manchester successful, and it won’t be long before the combined leadership of Sir Howard Bernstein and Sir Richard Leese is mentioned. However, while it...

06 June 2016

Delayed Transfers of Care – Who’s to blame?

By Tim Gold and Mike Farrar The answer of course, is no one individually. For too long however, the management of Delayed Transfer of Care (DTOC) or bed-blocking has been an organisational blame game, stifling the system response required. The DTOC challenge has never been greater. The National Audit Office...

01 June 2016

An open door for service reform?

By Jonathan House As is often the case, it was the fears of local government’s financial Armageddon that made the headlines from our 2016 annual local government survey. However, against this backdrop of long held anxieties over financial collapse, the survey also pointed to the renewed focus of councils in...

31 May 2016

The Poverty Premium: what business can do to tackle in-work poverty

By Tina Hallett With state spending still under pressure, the public sector needs to work with the private and third sectors to find innovative solutions to some of society’s biggest problems. One such issue that should be of concern to us all is the fact that poorer people pay more...

26 May 2016

Is devolution the solution to local government’s financial woes?

By Chris Buttress While local government continues to face real financial challenges, the sector is starting to think differently about its purpose and role. Local government is in an interesting position. On the one hand, given the looming financial challenges, the outlook seems bleak. Indeed, our annual local government survey...

24 May 2016

Non Executive Directors: the NHS unsung and unsupported heroes...

By Mike Farrar Talk to any NED in the NHS and you will hear a similar story - "we are doing this to contribute something to the NHS, in which we passionately believe; we are committed to improving patient care, we are more than prepared to be held to account...

19 May 2016

Will the Queen’s speech deliver?

By Nick C Jones With so much focus on the EU referendum, this year’s Queen’s Speech was an opportunity to return the spotlight, if briefly in the short term, onto the domestic agenda and delivering the plan set out in the manifesto. It’s clear that the reforming zeal will focus...