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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.

24 April 2017

A modern industrial strategy to underpin UK economic success

By Andrew Sentance, Senior Economic Adviser Earlier this year, the UK government launched a consultation on Industrial Strategy – a set of policies aimed at underpinning business growth and enhancing productivity performance. This is a timely initiative. Facing the potential challenges of Brexit, UK businesses need a consistent policy framework...

06 April 2017

Trade Promotion: 5 ways to boost UK exports

Matthew Alabaster blogs on what UK can do now to promote its exports. Visit Trade Matters for more information. Article 50 has been triggered and the two-year countdown is on. Much of the attention will now be focused on the exit negotiations, the shape of our future trading relationship with...

What will the ‘rise of the robots’ mean for public sector jobs?

By Tina Hallett and John Hawksworth The potential for job losses due to advances in technology is not a new phenomenon. Many will recall from school days learning about the Luddites in the first Industrial Revolution. But while many advances in the past have replaced muscle power, the new wave...

30 March 2017

Playing our part in creating stronger charities for a stronger society

By Ian Oakley-Smith This week saw the launch of the House of Lords report, Stronger charities for a stronger society, concluding with 100 recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the charities sector. Many of the issues in the report are very familiar to those close to the sector, but what...

24 March 2017

Decision time for schools

Spending on schools has been making headlines, highlighting the challenges times schools are going through. Against this backdrop, our blog outlines the major decisions that school leaders are facing.

17 March 2017

Skilling up the regions: Unlocking the UK’s productivity potential

By Michael Kane In his Spring 2017 Budget, the Chancellor rightly recognised that if the UK is to improve productivity and achieve growth, focusing on delivering the right skills for the economy, the improvement of people and the growth of businesses will be essential. However, to truly unlock the UK’s...

14 March 2017

Where next for health and social care devolution?

By Ali Breadon, Midlands Government and Public Sector Lead While the Spring Budget’s injection of £2 billion for social care over the next three years will be welcome, the reality is that it is not a substitute for the long-term solution to the huge pressures that services face. PwC's research...

08 March 2017

Budget 2017: What’s left in reserve for the public sector?

By Nick C Jones Nick C Jones blogs on today’s Budget and considers what it means for the public sector It was vital that the Budget laid the foundations for a much needed boost to the UK's productivity by investing in the pillars of good growth such as skills and...

08 February 2017

Future of work: collaboration holds the key to delivering Good Growth

By Jonathan Bruce Few issues attract more attention from public and private sector leaders than the impact of changing technologies on their growth plans, operating models and workforce. Our most recent Global CEO survey, for example, found that 70% of CEOs are either ‘concerned’ or ‘extremely concerned’ about the speed...

06 February 2017

Voters know almost nothing about their new mayors

By Tina Hallett Directly elected mayors can reset the relationship between citizen and state — but people need to know more about them If the idea of a ‘shared society’ is to become a reality, we need to develop greater engagement between the state and the public. The upcoming mayoral...

01 February 2017

Total Appraisal: Infrastructure decisions to make the economy fit for purpose

By Daniel Hanson Investment in transport infrastructure is crucial in efforts to ensure that the economy is fit for the rest of the 21st century and beyond. The stakes are massive, so how can we identify and develop the projects that will have maximum impact on the economy and our...

30 January 2017

The next phase for social mobility: what role can the education and skills system play?

By Ian Looker, National Education Leader The EU referendum shone a spotlight on the sense of disconnect felt by large numbers of people in the UK: a disconnect from society, from the economy and from opportunity. With Theresa May focusing on delivering an “economy for all”, how can we address...

26 January 2017

Towards a more inclusive approach to growth

By Stephanie Hyde, PwC Executive Board member and head of regions With the long awaited Industrial Strategy green paper unveiled earlier this week, the government has begun to set out its plans for supporting business growth across industries and across the regions. Improving productivity - the point where the debates...

10 January 2017

Accelerating transport with digital innovation

By Grant Klein Ahead of PwC’s first transport digital masterclass, Grant Klein discusses why digital is so important to the sector. Designed to really understand what digital means for the transport sector, we are running a masterclass which will look at how transport and related sectors have successfully applied digital...

Public Sector Audit Committees: let’s make 2017 a year that counts

By Nick Haigney As we settle back into work after the holiday season, what can we learn from 2016 for the year to come? Trust in public institutions has been tested - the electorate once again delivered a verdict that surprised commentators and pundits. How can you be sure that...

21 December 2016

Doing the right thing - Rebuilding trust in charitable fundraising in 2017 and beyond

By Jill Halford, Daniel Chan and David Hagger Public scrutiny and disquiet over how charities raise their funds has been growing throughout 2016 - with how charities identify potential supporters, the strategies employed by agencies working on behalf of charities and how charities partner with commercial organisations, being areas of...

20 December 2016

Good growth for cities: from strategy to execution

By Jonathan House While quarterly GDP growth figures and headlines on economic recovery make the news, the figures don’t always chime with the experience and everyday lives of ordinary people, as Jonathan House explains to the MJ. Now in its fifth year, the Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index measures...

12 December 2016

Let’s make 2017 a year that works for everyone

By Tina Hallett As 2016 draws to a close, I am taking a moment, as I am sure many of you are, to reflect on a year of monumental significance for the UK government and public sector. This is a year when the public made their voice heard – and...

09 December 2016

All aboard the Midlands engine: Delivering inclusive growth in the Midlands

By Matthew Hammond With the government focused on delivering an ‘economy that works for everyone’, the idea of ‘inclusive’ or good growth is rising up the agenda. In early December, we hosted a roundtable with Stephanie Flanders in our Birmingham office as part of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission, where...

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...