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Social Care the reprieve?

Social care is beginning to feel a bit like the benefit cuts the Government had to renege on earlier this year.  There seems likely to be...

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Techxit still looms large

This remains the "real" talking point on the ground with UK-based tech businesses -talent mobility and future centre of gravity.  There...

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Social Care risks continue to grow

Social care funding continues to dominate the news as the article about the challenges to Greater Manchester illustrates. When good...

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Does autumn statement plant the seeds for a vibrant economy?

Over the last week, in autumn statement and the Prime Minister's speech to the CBI, the government has set out its direction of travel...

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NHS funding- a problem unresolved

The Independent sets out an interesting perspective on NHS Funding  and the dangers of political management of the NHS. I would suggest...

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Devolution blues

Devolution seems to be less of a powerhouse and more of a pushbike. There were some useful announcements for London and some minor other...

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Some hope for social care

LGC suggests some movement on the funding of adult social care although its not apparent how this will play out. Maybe a "winter of...

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Morning After the Night Before

Well, it didn't take long for those on both sides of the Brexit decision to start arguing over the forecasts for UK GDP, debt and...

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more woe about adult social care

LGC sums up the despair in the sector about inaction on adult social care. Its the one big cross party ask in the autumn statement and...

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Captain Sensible navigating turbulent and uncertain seas

The Chancellor’s forecast of economic growth and public finances show we are in for a bumpy ride: The Office for Budget Responsibility’s...

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Social Care let down........

NLGN summarise   the disappointment in both the NHS and Local Government on the lack of focus of addressing the crisis in adult social...

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Housing development? is it enough

Housing got lots of mentions in the Autumn statement- unlike social care or the NHS.    The proposed new investment is welcome in London...

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What's the real scale of our ambition?

Minor, specific tweaks to patent box, a review of above the line R&D tax credit and £400m to be deployed on helping innovative businesses...

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Local Government Pensions reform - a leap into the dark?

One of the previous Chancellor's flagship policies was to propose the pooling of £200 billion in LG investments into 6 funds.  The...

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What I want for Christmas is a new industrial strategy

After predicting a hung Parliament in the 2015 election I rightly avoided any prediction of EU referendum result or US election. ‎ Sadly...

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The Hammond Conundrum

The Chancellor has lots of demands but not a lot of money. Prisons, the NHS and Adult Social Care are on their knees and further benefit...

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Latest news on government reforms to company governance

I have previously suggested that this week's autumn statement may include publication of government consultation on corporate governance...

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Words of Wisdom from Sage

The attached report, as featured on Newsnight, reinforces Grant Thornton's knowledge that tax is in need of a major shake-up.  

Steven...

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Local Government needs to stop fighting itself

As I am sure we all know, families tend to go through most conflict in times of extreme pressure. There is no doubt that the Local...

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Theresa May: “Let us restore people’s faith and prove that capitalism can deliver a better future

Theresa May’s speech at the CBI conference today confirmed that her government are embarking on a new approach that links economic and...

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Focus on the future

As the PM begins to court business again let's hope the government are going to be bold and look to further enhance the successful R&D...

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Northern Investment

There are lots of challenges for the Chancellor on wednesday but demonstrating that the Government is still committed to the Northern...

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Some Devolution Hope

LGC reports some opportunities that might be announced in the autumn statement . Hopefully this is a positive sign that the Chancellor...

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Addressing the Housing Challenge

The Housing and Planning Act is an unloved piece of legislation which provides opportunities for some but fails to address the...

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Creating the conditions to develop the next big things

The fascinating thing about all of the items on the list is just how quickly they have become embedded in the daily fabric of our lives...

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A flexible approach to public services

One of the biggest challenges facing public services is the siloed system of public funding emanating from Westminster. CIPFA have called...

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Better in real life....

With the Autumn Statement less than a week away, here's what we at Grant Thornton would like to see the Chancellor talk about

This year's Autumn Statement will be presented on 23 November, Grant Thornton will be covering it live. For now, see our expert’s...…

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Can we really forecast economic impact of Brexit?

One of the big stories at next week's autumn statement will be the latest economic forecasts. It will be the first time since the EU...

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Austerity chickens coming home

The article below by Tony Travers shows that whilst local government has made necessary efficiencies and changes and has reinvented and...

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Will autumn statement assess more than just GDP growth?

The UK and USA have both seen overall growth in GDP over recent years, as they recover from the financial crash. But this wealth has been...

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What gets measured, gets done, right?

With the Chancellor's first Autumn Statement upon us it's the right time to consider how best we shape our economy to cope with the fall...

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Keeping in with innovation

Undoubtedly great news for London and the UK given the prevailing climate of uncertainty.  Google making a very physical statement of...

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UK local Government unites for a new settlement

Local leaders from around the UK have made a clear play for more devolution to local government across the UK in the post Brexit world. ...

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The importance of Local Government

We all know that Britain is a ridiculously centralised state where a country of 65m plus people is largely beholden to decisions made by...

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The Devolution Challenge

Growth is an important part of the Autumn Statement challenge for the Chancellor but the influential counties felt snubbed because growth...

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Watch out for the pitchforks!

Theresa May's Mansion House speech last night set the scene for next week's autumn statement.  It was short on detail but it set a clear...

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Tax Simplification can help the less well off too...

Yesterday, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) released its report detailing how the National Insurance Contribution (NIC) regime can...

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Taking from Peter to Pay Paul

The NHS and LG providers of social care are agreed on the way forward but there is a real risk of conflict amongst the local government...

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Autumn Statement

The CEO of Birmingham City Council outlines some of his thoughts on the Autumn statement. He says there is a real opportunity for...

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Autumn Statement

The extract from Local Government Chronicle below show the extent of the challenge for councils whop provide Adult Social care.   At the...

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Autumn Statement & Exporting

It is great to see that a Chinese delegation is the UK this week meeting the Chancellor.  And talk seems to be centred around inward...

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