Local government - publications

The housing association of 2020: distinctive by design

How can housing associations adapt to the new economic and policy context? Our Talking Points report explores the steps housing associations need to take to secure their future.
[22-07-2015]


Local State We’re In 2015

Our fifth annual local government survey looks to the future of the council in 2015 and beyond.
[25-03-2015]


Final Decentralisation Decade report: a plan for economic prosperity, public service transformation and democratic renewal

Will 2015-25 be a decentralisation decade for English local governance? IPPR, supported by PwC, set out a programme of decentralisation for the next 10 years.
[11-09-2014]


Two tier futures: collaborative opportunities for counties and districts

With unitarisation off the cards for now, PwC and the New Local Government Network (NLGN) are working together to explore alternatives models of collaboration between county and district councils.
[29-06-2014]


Decentralisation decade: a new deal for local governance

Will 2015-25 be a decentralisation decade for English local governance? Do local authorities have the appetite or capacity to take on further powers and responsibilities? Join the debate.
[11-03-2014]


Continued austerity hits home for local government

Our fourth annual local government survey shows that confidence is ebbing, as the impact of continued austerity hits home
[07-03-2014]


Redefining local government

An important shift is taking place in local government, with councils now having to fundamentally redefine their role and purpose. Our new publication, Redefining Local Government, sets out how councils can strategically plan for the future.
[16-01-2014]


Joining the dots

Integrating information is a key component to delivering integrated care. How can the NHS, local government and other health and social care organisations begin to join the dots?
[13-12-2013]


Re-defining growth: economic success through the eyes of the public

What does economic success look like in the eyes of the public? Is growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) enough? And will a wider definition of good growth help with policy and investment choices?
[25-10-2013]


Employability and growth: re-thinking workplace skills

This publication sets out the opportunities for an employer-led skills system and calls for good jobs to provide a pathway to future careers.
[25-10-2013]


Funding growth: delivering more for less

In this publication, we argue that collaboration needs to go hand-in-hand with competition for scarce resources, as envisaged by the Single Local Growth Fund.
[25-10-2013]


Platform for growth: how to collaborate to drive recovery

This publication sets out the challenge for public sector organisations of balancing cost-cutting with a focus on growth. We argue that public leaders will need to work collaboratively with employers and the public to create a platform for growth.
[25-10-2013]


Stepping stones to growth - our findings

Our new book, Stepping stones for growth explores what’s needed from government, alongside business, educators, the third sector and the public to support the recovery.
[08-09-2013]


Meet the Stepping stones to growth book authors

Sara Caplan talks about a new employer owned skills system and how it can aid growth.
[07-08-2013]


Housing Revenue Account (HRA) reform: one year on

Reforms to the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) - implemented in April 2012 – replaced the existing subsidy system with self-financing for council housing.
[04-07-2013]


The local state we’re in

Our annual local government survey highlights the achievements of councils over the last year as significant savings continue to be achieved. But the survey also points to nervousness about meeting rising demands for services and protecting the frontline in future in the face of further cuts.
[05-06-2013]


Thinking the Unthinkable: Local government after the next Spending Review

Local government has been coping well with the spending reductions it has faced to date. With another round of cuts on the horizon, now is the time for councils to think the unthinkable. This New Local Government Network (NLGN). ‘gaming’ project, explores what local government might look like by 2018.
[16-04-2013]


Good growth

Our Good growth for cities report presents the findings of our index on the economic wellbeing of UK urban areas.
[14-11-2012]


The Agile Council

Becoming an agile council is about being change-ready – being able to respond to a complex and ever-changing environment. Our Talking Points publication, The Agile Council, discusses why creating an “agile” council model is critical to the current and future success of any local authority. We look at the environment councils are operating in and set out five steps to becoming an agile organisation.
[30-09-2012]


The Numbers Game - Increasing housing supply and funding in hard times

‘The Numbers Game’ is the fourth in the joint PricewaterhouseCoopers and L&Q ‘Hard Times’ series of publications.
[23-09-2012]


Doing a devolution deal: Lessons from ‘Chamberlainville’

13/01/17

With many devolution deals still on the negotiating table, what are the critical success factors that those seeking to seal a deal should be considering? Our work with NLGN explores.

Local State We’re In 2016

24/05/16

Our sixth annual local government survey shows that councils see opportunity in devolution, but significant challenges remain.

Local State We’re In 2014

28/08/15

Our fourth annual local government survey looks to the future of the council in 2015 and beyond.

The housing association of 2020: distinctive by design

30/07/15

The six steps set out in this Talking Points publication represent a clear programme of action that all housing associations can undertake in order to meet the challenges of the next five years and lay secure foundations for the future.

Rising to the digital challenge: meeting digital demand

25/03/15

Can councils plug the gap and meet the public’s digital expectations?

Delivering on decentralisation: local collaboration to achieve outcomes

25/03/15

Our survey highlights the appetite of local government for further decentralisation.

New ways of working: from strategy to delivery

25/03/15

Our fifth annual local government survey shows that councils are shifting their focus to outcomes, but do they have the capacity and capability they need to deliver?

Gaining local insight through data analytics

25/03/15

Is local government making the most of the data at its finger tips to gain insight? Our survey finds chief executives are concerned about their capability when it comes to data analytics.

Local State We’re In 2015

25/03/15

Our fifth annual local government survey looks to the future of the council in 2015 and beyond.

Two tier futures: collaborative opportunities for counties and districts

29/06/14

With unitarisation off the cards for now, PwC and the New Local Government Network (NLGN) are working together to explore alternatives models of collaboration between county and district councils.

2015 and beyond: a new deal for local government?

01/06/14

Our survey highlights the appetite of local government for further decentralisation.

Digital expectations: are local authorities in tune with the public when it comes to digital?

01/06/14

Our annual survey shows that councils lag behind in the eyes of the public when it comes to digital services.

Unlocking local growth: the keys to good growth

01/06/14

Our survey identifies SMEs as key partners for achieving growth, while the lack of investment in infrastructure is the more significant barrier to local growth.

Joining up care: overcoming barriers to integrated care

01/06/14

Our survey shows that there is growing consensus around the health outcomes of integrated care, but barriers remain and the financial case has not been made.

Decentralisation decade: a new deal for local governance

11/03/14

Will 2015-25 be a decentralisation decade for English local governance? Do local authorities have the appetite or capacity to take on further powers and responsibilities? Join the debate.

Continued austerity hits home for local government

07/03/14

Our fourth annual local government survey shows that confidence is ebbing, as the impact of continued austerity hits home

Housing Revenue Account (HRA) reform: one year on

04/07/13

Reforms to the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) - implemented in April 2012 – replaced the existing subsidy system with self-financing for council housing.

Local State We're In 2015

05/06/13

Our fifth annual survey of local government leaders and chief executives highlights the big challenges and big opportunities confronting local government in 2015 and beyond. Councils need to embrace the opportunities that digital, data and decentralisation offer to redefine their role and purpose.

Hard Times

30/12/12

Hard Times – a joint series by PwC and London & Quadrant and produced in consultation with a wide range of sector experts - examines the key challenges facing the housing sector in the new age of austerity.

How councils are addressing the financial challenge

12/07/12

Almost 90% of council chief executives believe that in the next three years, one or more councils will get into serious financial difficulties. That shows real concern in the sector about the financial pressures they’re facing.