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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.

18 October 2017

The purpose of a housing association: Growth, place or people

By Matthew Williams The crisis in the supply of housing in the UK, particularly those who are most vulnerable or in need, is now a national infrastructure challenge of 25 years making. Rising to this challenge requires organisations with capability, capacity and clarity of purpose. Since 1949, private enterprise has...

16 October 2017

Driving productive and inclusive growth for young people across the UK

By Hannah Audino, George Mason & Michael Kane The UK has gradually improved NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) rates over the past decade, and further improvements could boost GDP by around £43bn in the long-run, according to the latest edition of the Young Workers Index. But would the...

06 October 2017

Reorganisation hopefuls should focus on place over structure

By Jonathan House Delays to announcements about the future of local government reorganisation have left councils frustrated, but Jonathan House argues structural changes alone are not the answer. This article originally appeared in the Municipal Journal on 4 October 2017. It had been widely suggested that there will be an...

29 September 2017

‘Bold and brave’ charities recognised for excellence in reporting

By Jill Halford, Daniel Chan, David Hagger Charities have been recognised for bold and brave reporting at the 15th annual PwC Building Public Trust in Corporate Reporting Awards Dinner on 28 September 2017. The ‘Excellence in Reporting’ in Charities Award assesses reporting by registered charities in the Charity Finance ‘Charity...

22 September 2017

Smart cities… powered by skills

By Michael Kane and Cat McCusker With two-thirds of the world’s population set to inhabit cities by 2045, the anticipated number of ‘smart cities’ could reach approximately 100 by 2025. The key focus of smart cities is on service transformation through digital technologies to drive improved outcomes for resident citizens...

What is the future of borders post Brexit?

By Jo Bello Jo Bello, PwC’s global head of Indirect Tax And Customs, reflects here on her conversation on our recent podcast about the uncertain future of the border and what businesses can be doing now. The purpose of a border is ultimately a “checking point” for both goods and...

12 September 2017

Unlocking the potential of Gov.Tech

By Tina Hallett and Bhavin Kotecha The modern state is undergoing an extraordinary transformation, with rapid advances in technology changing the way citizens engage with public services. Government and the public sector is responding to this demand (see Figure) but how can tech businesses, including new start-ups, help? Beyond the...

08 September 2017

Inclusive growth and the Economics of Greater Manchester

By Jane Forbes For the UK to be an economic success, our regions need to be firing on all cylinders. For Greater Manchester, the challenge is to improve productivity - the point where the debates on growth, living standards and economic growth converge. But how can we ensure that Manchester’s...

24 August 2017

Signals from government: laying down the markers for Brexit trade negotiations

By Michael Moore Trading goods is fundamental to the UK’s relationship with the EU at present and will remain so in the future; so it is no surprise that two of the recent ‘position papers’ published by the UK government have focused on how we might manage UK/EU trade between...

18 August 2017

UK Government vision for how trade in movement of goods could work across the Northern Ireland and Ireland border: what can businesses do now to prepare?

By Matthew Clark On 16 August, the UK Government published two papers on its vision for how the new border with the EU and the specific border between Northern Ireland and Ireland could be made as seamless and frictionless as possible. We have discussed the wider EU vision paper in...

16 August 2017

The UK’s vision for Brexit Border: what we know now

By Matthew Clark The UK’s vision for Brexit Border: the UK Government has published the options to keep the border as frictionless as possible. The paper has been welcomed by business who have now received their first real guidance on how to prepare for Brexit. That preparation needs to start...

From operational to transformational: the changing role of HR in higher education

By Juliet Stuttard and Vicky Campbell How can HR play a more central role in shaping the direction of higher education? This was the topic of our workshop at the 2017 UHR conference. And while there was clearly appetite from delegates to shift HR to being more strategic, there was...

15 August 2017

Back to school: How Brighton is upskilling its youth population

By Vince Goode and Nick Jones Since the Good Growth for Cities series began, Brighton has achieved strong performance on improving young people’s skills. In this blog, we look at the policies implemented that target both local young people and the more transient student population. Brighton achieved a top third...

14 August 2017

Working on our Core

By Jonathan House This article originally appeared in the Municipal Journal on 19 July 2017. If there was one phrase that summed up the recent roundtable event in Manchester, which was organised by The MJ and PwC it was ‘lean in’. Quite apart from the demands of the public address...

11 August 2017

The journey to sustainable and inclusive transport solutions in the future

By Daniel Hanson The transport sector in the UK has rarely been the focus of so much attention. Unprecedented levels of infrastructure investment are expected, with over £450bn of major projects in the pipeline that include programmes to improve the country’s transport links, as the Government seeks to rebalance the...

21 July 2017

Changing places: Delivering place based transformation

By Jonathan House and Ben Pykett For much of the past 30 years, the public service improvement agenda in local government has looked inwards, initially through the pursuit of incremental performance improvement and cost cutting opportunities, and more recently through the transformation of organisational operating models. While this has been...

14 July 2017

A focus on new business and skills: How Doncaster is turning around its economic fortunes

By Vince Goode and Nick Jones The 2016 edition of our Good Growth for Cities series highlighted Doncaster as one of the fastest improving cities in the index. In this blog, we look at the initiatives put in place to bring about this improvement. In the most recent edition of...

13 July 2017

No more small change: A ‘how to’ for charities

By James Bowman and David Gimson Recently we discussed what changes we see for charities over the next year as they transform in the face of their current challenges. This is explored in more detail in our thought piece No More Small Change. Relatively speaking, understanding what needs to change...

06 July 2017

Canada at 150: What can the UK learn from an old friend?

By Libby Mason I spent a wonderful weekend celebrating Canada Day with family and friends here in London, reflecting on 150 years of history since Canada became a country. Canada and the UK have had a long and close relationship that will once again take on a new shape as...

04 July 2017

How close is local government to the cliff edge?

By Jonathan House This article originally appeared in The Municipal Journal on 29 June. The past year has been one of uncertainty and change for local government: from the outcome of the EU referendum, to the emergence of a new cohort of Metro Mayors and most recently the General Election....