6 posts categorised "Local government"

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...