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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.

06 August 2015

Unaffordable housing: a big price to pay for successful cities

By Jonathan Bruce and Rebecca McDonald The high average house price growth of recent decades, coupled with heavily constrained supply, has changed the face of the UK housing market. Despite low borrowing costs, large deposits are a substantial hurdle to buying. More of us are therefore renting privately than at...

04 August 2015

A central government take on ‘decentralisation by design’

By Tina Hallett It’s clear the momentum behind decentralisation in England is growing, with the Summer Budget and productivity plan firmly embedding decentralisation in the government’s strategy for delivering growth and improving productivity. However, while much of the focus has been on whether local government or local enterprise partnerships have...

29 July 2015

Developing countries leading ambitious action to address climate change

By Sam Bickersteth and Kiran Sura Carbon reduction targets known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) will form the basis of negotiations on a new global climate deal to be agreed at the end of this year, which will succeed the Kyoto Protocol. Countries have been invited to voluntarily submit...

24 July 2015

How could the NHS benefit from closer integration with the third sector? Perspectives from Wales

By Anna Morton If the ambition contained within the Five Year Forward View is to be realised it is imperative that NHS commissioners and providers consider very carefully how to harness the full capability of the third sector to engage with citizens and embed the transformation of care in communities....

23 July 2015

Distinctive by design: what does the future hold for housing associations?

By Kevin Jarrett The year 2010 will prove to be a watershed moment in the history of the social housing sector, marking, as it seems likely to do, the end of substantive grant to invest in social housing. The direction of travel in terms of government funding policy was confirmed...

21 July 2015

Digital enabling of patient-centric care in 2015 and beyond

By Richard Booth The biggest challenge for all of us working in the health sector, from healthcare professionals to strategy consultants, is finding meaningful, sustainable and future-conscious ways to put patients at the heart of healthcare, while maintaining a focus on improving quality and meeting demanding efficiency goals. Our work...

13 July 2015

Combining authority: what could mayors mean for policing and crime?

By Andy Key Under the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill, further devolution deals may see directly elected mayors take on the role and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). This will happen in Greater Manchester and follows a similar model to Greater London. This could give more...

09 July 2015

Transport strains: rising commuting times put city success at risk

By Jonathan Bruce and Rebecca McDonald As the UK’s recovery progresses, one of the key questions faced by policymakers at both national and city level is how to ensure that growth is sustainable in the long run. Better infrastructure is one key requirement here. The economic literature suggests on balance...

08 July 2015

A Budget for working people and business?

By Tina Hallett While the threat of Grexit has filled the headlines in recent weeks, this Budget was the opportunity for the Chancellor to set out the government’s stall on delivering the UK’s economic security and how the UK will maintain its strong position in the G7 growth league. Indeed,...

Firing up the powerhouse: summer budget sets out next steps for decentralisation

By Jonathan House Today’s Summer Budget has further demonstrated that the Government sees strong city regions and the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ at the heart of its vision for the national economy. With further devolution of powers outlined for Greater Manchester, devolution deals on the table for Sheffield, Liverpool and West Yorkshire,...

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, which 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...