Local State We’re In 2016

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The Local State We're In

PwC’s annual local government survey, 2016

While the challenges that local government faces are no doubt still significant, the shift in feeling that has emerged in the sixth edition of our local government survey is one of a sector on the move; finding innovative new ways of working, looking for new opportunities and forming new partnerships.

Against the backdrop of continued fiscal austerity, councils are looking to the future with a sense of confidence in their ability to deliver on an ambitious agenda, one which is being defined by:

  • the opportunity of devolution to deliver both growth and whole system reform;
  • new collaborations across the public and private sector to move interventions upstream;
  • the potential and power of digital and data to transform services and engage citizens and communities; and
  • a clear focus on delivering outcomes rather than services alone.

However, as we look to 2020, there will also be new risks to manage, from cyber threats to the shift from grant funding to a reliance on business rates. Councils need to ensure that they have the capacity and capability to match their ambition in order to deliver on these opportunities while managing new risks.