19 posts categorised "Local government"

12 September 2014

Decentralisation by default

By Nick C Jones and Stephanie Hyde Is decentralisation the answer - both to unleashing the potential of our regions and improving public service outcomes? The answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ according to a report by IPPR which we’ve supported on ‘The Decentralisation Decade’. There are economic problems associated with...

22 August 2014

Who’s accountable now?

By Nick C Jones and Stephanie Hyde Decentralisation is firmly in the sights of politicians nationally and locally, but is it really possible for government to ‘let go’ in our centralised political culture? We first investigated this question five years ago, with the think tank IPPR. The original research suggested...

30 July 2014

London needs effective, efficient and sustainable infrastructure to thrive

By Ray Mills The need for increased capacity and infrastructure investment in London is well recognised. London needs effective, efficient and sustainable infrastructure to thrive, be competitive and remain an engine of sustainable growth for the UK economy. In our latest Cities of Opportunity, PwC’s index of 30 major cities...

11 July 2014

Your spending speaks louder than your cuts

By Jonathan House Digital technology can play a role in linking up multiple organisations and supporting a person-centric approach to service delivery, says PwC’s Jonathan House Over the last few years we’ve found that councils have dealt in many different ways with the financial challenges they face. As the case...

10 July 2014

‘Why wait ten years?’ Decentralisation decade at LGA conference

By Jonathan House This week we’ve decamped to the seaside for the Local Government Association's annual conference in Bournemouth. Following roundtables in Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham and London, we thought we’d use the opportunity to discuss the emerging findings of our programme of research with IPPR, the Decentralisation Decade. Joined by...

02 July 2014

Decentralisation Decade: Next stop Birmingham

By Richard Parker What does the future look like for local governance in the UK and, of equal importance, how do we get there? This was the key question discussed at our most recent roundtable event with IPPR North in Birmingham; the third in our Decentralisation Decade series. We were...

01 July 2014

Communities count: making more of social value

By Mark Graham The Chartered Institute of Housing, Orbit Group, PwC and Wates Living Space have just published the findings of their jointly commissioned research into the impact of the Social Value Act on commissioning, procurement and contract management in the Housing Sector - Communities count: The four steps to...

24 June 2014

Decentralisation Decade: the view from the North East

By Bill MacLeod To what extent is the high degree of centralisation in England holding back regional growth? This was the topic for discussion at our recent roundtable event hosted in Newcastle with IPPR North, and we certainly got a lively debate! The roundtable discussion forms part of a wider...

17 June 2014

Talking decentralisation at the International Festival of Business, Liverpool: ‘free us to grow’

By Jonathan House What would a new deal for English local governance look like? This is the question we posed at a meeting we hosted with IPPR North at the International Festival of Business in Liverpool. It is particularly timely to reflect on this issue with less than 100 days...

12 June 2014

Switching on to outcomes

By Jonathan House Another year, and it appears, another blow to the confidence of local government leaders and chief executives in PwC’s fourth annual Local State We’re In survey. While there’s many findings in the survey that will stand out depending on your point of view, perhaps one of the...

12 May 2014

Local Government Pension Schemes: tax and ratepayers deserve some Government courage

By Marc Hommel The combined £180bn Local Government Pension Schemes have deficits of more than £70bn and cost tax and rate payers £6bn every year; funds which would otherwise be available to boost local services and reduce burdens on national and local tax payers. But does this have to be...

09 May 2014

Whole person care in the Midlands

By Dr Tim Wilson and Michael Kitts As the pressures facing health and social care organisations continue to mount, there is growing recognition that a whole system approach is needed in response. With the Midlands leading innovation, thinking and, above all, action in the field of joining up care, this...

24 April 2014

Redefining local government for 2015 and beyond

By Chris Buttress As we look forward to 2015 and beyond, there’s growing recognition in the sector that efficiency savings alone aren’t going to cut it for local government. A new approach is needed, based around building much stronger links between what councils do and what they’re seeking to achieve,...

11 April 2014

Free cities?

By Nick C Jones Another week, another high profile speech on the importance of getting on with decentralisation, this time in Birmingham where the Labour leader extolled the virtues of giving more powers to those at local level. And following on from Lord Heseltine’s much lauded report No stone unturned,...

01 April 2014

Launching the Decentralisation Decade

By Stephanie Hyde, Head of Regions, PwC We need to see stronger regional growth if we are to secure a lasting recovery in the UK. As Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England has noted: “…it is not enough just to have a recovery in London and the South...

18 March 2014

Local government budget preview: the growth and reform two-step

By Jonathan House, Director, PwC The positive developments for the economy we’ve seen over the last few months, as highlighted by our latest UK Economic Outlook, will no doubt be welcomed by the Chancellor when he makes his Budget speech on Wednesday. But rebalancing the economy and stimulating local economic...

30 January 2014

Is the end of two-tier local government nigh?

By Andy Ford, Partner Whisper it quietly: the end of two-tier local government is nigh. Or perhaps just shout it from the rooftops, as there is now a remarkably open discussion about moving beyond the system in place across much of England. Austerity has played its part in opening up...

16 January 2014

Sink or swim: Are councils ready for the next digital waves?

By James Bowman Digital technology and culture is evolving fast and is having a significant impact on the way local government supports the delivery of services to citizens, as highlighted by our latest publication, Redefining Local Government. Our recent workshop at the LGC Transformation Summit showed that councils are in...

20 December 2013

How finance can support future change in local government

By Michael Kitts As councils digests this week’s finance settlement, there is growing recognition that local government is reaching a tipping point, with big implications for Finance. In our recent report into public sector finance Leading from the front, four out of five local authority respondents said that in order...