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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.

27 June 2017

No more small change: Where next for charities?

By David Gimson and James Bowman The dust has yet to settle from the election, and political uncertainty is the new normal. However whatever direction the next six months and the emerging government takes, the fundamentals affecting charities – increased demand, pressure on individual donations, reduced funding from a squeezed...

24 June 2017

‘Buy British’ or ‘buy the best’? To maximise economic value, our armed forces must be able to do both at once

By Roland Sonnenberg, Partner, PwC Our latest annual study of public perceptions of the UK’s armed forces – Forces for change 2017 – contains several encouraging messages for the military. Our survey of over 2,000 members of the public shows that trust in the services is high and rising, and...

22 June 2017

A Queen’s Speech for Brexit and beyond

By Tina Hallett It was inevitable that this year’s Queen’s Speech, covering the next two years of Parliamentary activity, would have a heavy focus on delivering the ‘best deal for leaving the EU’. Indeed, 8 of the 27 bills and draft bills appear linked to Brexit. But what was interesting...

20 June 2017

Brexit negotiations are starting - what happens now?

By Sir John Grant With the Brexit negotiations starting this week Sir John Grant, former UK Ambassador to the EU and now special adviser to PwC, offers his thoughts on what to expect, and what not to, from the early conversations in Brussels. The British media have always relished painting...

16 June 2017

The challenges for a minority government: Brexit and beyond

By Nick C Jones One week on from a remarkable election result, we are still digesting the impact of a DUP supported minority Conservative government, a return to two party politics and the seismic impact of possibly the first real online election. So what does this mean for the business...

25 May 2017

Charities taking charge: How can charities deliver greater impact in changing times?

By Ian Oakley-Smith With high levels of change and uncertainty in our economy and society, the role of charities is more important than ever. Over the past year we’ve supported NPC’s State of the Sector research, exploring how charities are transforming to deliver greater impact in these changing times. With...

Member state ratification: what does the ECJ ruling mean for a future UK-EU Free Trade Agreement?

By Phil Brown Last week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the EU cannot conclude its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore on its own as it contains elements that fall under member state responsibility or ‘competence’. The specifics of the ruling are complex, but they provide useful...

19 May 2017

What is the future for Local Authority museums? Time to consider the trust status option

By Julie Clark and Ian Oakley-Smith As councils confront their continued spending pressures, local authority owned museums have come under the microscope with some councils resorting to selling collections or closing down all or part of museum services. Our recent three-part blog series explores the choices facing local authority museums...

17 May 2017

Metro mayors: from election to implementation

By Tina Hallett A week on since last week’s local elections and six new metro mayors face a challenging task: how can they make an impact and deliver on their promises? Their election represents a significant milestone in devolution – a power shift in momentum from central to local government....

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...