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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.

02 July 2015

Potential £100bn boost to UK GDP from harnessing the power of older workers

By John Hawksworth One of the key megatrends affecting the UK and most other developed countries is an ageing population. This is often seen as a threat, through increased burden on the health and welfare system. But there are real opportunities too, for instance, to service the needs of the...

Decentralisation by design

By Jonathan House Devolution has certainly been in the air this week at the LGA conference, reflecting a growing momentum behind decentralisation. However, to ensure that decentralisation is more than just hot air, places need to keep a clear focus on delivering improved outcomes for people and places through working...

29 June 2015

Housing 2020: What do the next five years hold for housing associations?

By Richard Parker Where is the housing association sector heading? Indeed, is it even possible to describe housing associations as a sector these days? As part of its ongoing commitment to the (r)evolution of the housing association sector, PwC hosted at a roundtable dinner for leaders from across the sector...

26 June 2015

Nine hallmarks: what does increased scrutiny mean for charities?

By Ian Oakley-Smith and Kevin Lowe We think that there are nine critical hallmarks that charities need to have in place to ensure successful leadership, planning and sustainability in today’s marketplace. This blog considers what impact increased public scrutiny could have for charities. Since early 2013, there have been many...

Delivering growth: Where next for Local Enterprise Partnerships?

By Stephanie Hyde & Ray Mills Local Enterprise Partnerships have come a long way since their inception, bringing a strong private sector voice to the table and ensuring the decentralisation drive is rooted in enabling local growth and improving productivity across England. However, as we look to the next five...

25 June 2015

Digital possibilities – how digital innovation is changing international development in Africa

By Freddy Bob-Jones Digital innovation is a cornerstone of life in the member nations of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). From online commerce and the increasing digitisation of public services right through to the wide range of mobile applications and use of wearable technologies, it is hard...

Nine hallmarks: accurate management information and reporting - what do charities need to consider?

By Ian Oakley-Smith We think that there are nine critical hallmarks that charities need to have in place to ensure successful leadership, planning and sustainability in today’s marketplace. This blog considers the importance of accurate management information and reporting. Information is critical to making key decisions. To make effective and...

24 June 2015

Not for the sake of it - Why we need proper research on girls’ education

By David Armstrong I went to a brilliant event in Cambridge last week, on girls’ education in developing countries. The event launched the Research on Education, Access and Learning (REAL) centre, and is a new joint venture between Cambridge University and Camfed. Camfed is a ‘boutique’ Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based...

Nine hallmarks: risk management, reserves management and investment policy - what does this mean for charities?

By Ian Oakley-Smith and Kevin Lowe We think that there are nine critical hallmarks that charities need to have in place to ensure successful leadership, planning and sustainability in today’s marketplace. This blog considers the importance of having a strong risk and investment process in place. A really good risk...

23 June 2015

Income generation and fundraising for charities

By Ian Oakley-Smith We think that there are nine critical hallmarks that charities need to have in place to ensure successful leadership, planning and sustainability in today’s marketplace. This blog considers some of the new fundraising opportunities available to charities. Raising funds has of course been at the heart of...

22 June 2015

Nine hallmarks: how can charities demonstrate social impact?

By Ian Oakley-Smith and Mark Graham We think that there are nine critical hallmarks that charities need to have in place to ensure successful leadership, planning and sustainability in today’s marketplace. This blog considers the importance of demonstrating social impact to both their funders and their beneficiaries. Demonstrating social impact...

19 June 2015

Nine hallmarks: what does operational efficiency mean for charities?

By Ian Oakley-Smith and James Bowman A key question for a charity is whether it’s business and operating model is fit for purpose and delivers the most efficient and effective use of resources. The business model takes the golden thread included within the strategy document and explores the ‘what’ element:...

18 June 2015

Releasing the pressure

By Tina Hallett The public sector at all levels, and in all parts, will still be under pressure for the next few years. According to new analysis by the Social Market Foundation (SMF) out today, following our joint research and events programme, the government will need to set out £45...

Nine hallmarks: competitive landscape and a fragmenting market - what does this mean for charities?

By Ian Oakley-Smith We think that there are nine critical hallmarks that charities need to have in place to ensure successful leadership, planning and sustainability in today’s marketplace. This blog considers how charities need to embrace change to cope in an increasingly competitive landscape. Whilst ‘competitive landscape’ is self-explanatory at...

17 June 2015

Nine hallmarks: governance and management - what do charities need to consider?

We think that there are nine critical hallmarks that charities need to have in place to ensure successful leadership, planning and sustainability in today’s marketplace. This blog considers the importance of an effective governance and management structure. As a pre-requisite to effective risk management, a charity needs to ensure that...

16 June 2015

Nine hallmarks: clarity of strategy – what do we mean by a good strategy for charities?

By Ian Oakley-Smith We think that there are nine critical hallmarks that charities need to have in place to ensure successful leadership, planning and sustainability in today’s marketplace. This blog considers the importance of a having a good strategy in place. A good strategy is one which is clearly understood...

15 June 2015

Nine hallmarks of a successful charity

By Ian Oakley-Smith While the outcome of the May General Election may have been a surprise for many, the ongoing austerity measures are a different story. In my last blog, I considered some of the main challenges charities could face post-election, ‘horizon-scanning’ the potential issues on the minds of charity...

Forces for Change: the public’s view of defence

By Roland Sonnenberg As we approach the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) under a new government, we have surveyed the public for their views on the purpose and value of our Armed Forces. What does the public think about the Armed Forces in 2015; have the Forces made the...

08 June 2015

Transformational leadership for challenging times: aligning strategy, culture and behaviours in the NHS

By Raj Bhamber Megatrends are driving change across industries and globally, and the NHS is no exception. The focus at the NHS Confederation conference last week was the growing pressures on the health service, with leaders setting out the challenges ahead and the scale of transformation needed. With workforce central...

28 May 2015

As the momentum behind devolution grows, are local areas ready to deliver?

By Jonathan House Following hot on the heels of yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, tomorrow the interim mayor for Greater Manchester is expected to be appointed. With a powerful trio of ministers in place –architect of the City Deals Greg Clark MP as Secretary of State at the Department for Communities, James...