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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.

17 November 2017

Reporting on social impact in the charity sector

By Daniel Chan Last week, Matt Stevenson-Dodd, Chief Executive of Street League, challenged charities to be more honest about their social impact in an article in the Guardian. Wouldn’t it be great, if as Matt said, we could have a ‘Top 100’ index of charities measured on their social impact?...

08 November 2017

Unleashing the potential of cities to deliver good, inclusive growth

By Paul Terrington When the Government makes a public commitment to deliver an “economy that works for all”, we need new ways to measure the new successes it should deliver - something we have long recognised in our Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index. So what does our latest research...

02 November 2017

Is digital technology the answer for Africa’s young workforce?

By Nina Nasman Sub-Saharan Africa has the youngest population in the world, but continues to be confronted by high levels of youth unemployment and working poverty. Could digital technology reshape their world of work and help to unleash their economic potential? Unemployment among young people aged 15-24 years old has...

25 October 2017

Navigating the currents of productivity: Transport and the Industrial Strategy

By Daniel Hanson and Larice Stielow To increase prosperity, we need to increase productivity – of our people, our firms and industries, our public services, and ultimately the national economy. This is a key goal of the UK’s Industrial Strategy. The first Industrial Strategy dates back almost 100 years to...

24 October 2017

Things to think about in National Charity Fraud Awareness Week

In National Charity Fraud Awareness Week, take the opportunity to ask yourself a few simple questions about your charity’s fraud risk management.

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...