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By Sue Gold and Richard Collinson The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a guidance note on 13 September 2018 on the potential implications for data protection in a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario. There weren’t any great surprises in the guidance, which concludes that if the UK... Continue reading
By Sue Gold and Richard Collinson The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a guidance note on 13 September 2018 on the potential implications for data protection in a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario. There weren’t any great surprises in the guidance, which concludes that if the UK... Continue reading
By Andy Theedom The Fair Funding Review aims to develop an improved assessment of councils’ spending needs and revenue-raising capacities to inform a new system of funding local government – to be in place for April 2020. But, with council finances at a cliff edge, there are doubts over whether... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Public sector matters
Technology is undoubtedly changing the way financial services organisations operate with aging functions being removed or automated to drive efficiency and cost reduction. At the same time new delivery channels are emerging that allow companies to interact with each other and their customers in ways not imagined at the turn of the century. With an unprecedented pace of change, how do businesses and policymakers keep pace with innovation? Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FSRR
By Niall Cooter An article in The Times last week reported that “Councils (and Government departments) are worse than pay-day lenders”, citing aggressive and unfair collection tactics as well as a lack of a joined up approach between departments. Debt collection practices have evolved a lot recently but with so... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Public sector matters
by Stephen Jones Partner Email +44 (0) 7970 775507 Asset managers are targeting niche alternative acquisitions to differentiate their offering and boost returns. Yet these... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Deal Talk
By Andy Fahey, Esports Lead Irrespective of the political or social landscape of a particular time, the UK has always done exceptionally well at putting on big sporting events. Well organised and well supported, the British people have a great record in getting behind these big occasions, using sport as... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Industry perspectives
By Karen Willcox The recent changes to Rule 26 and the related impact on corporate governance for AIM companies will mean that remuneration committee chairs and boards need to think afresh about their approach to remuneration policy and disclosure. Added to this the general environment and pressure around executive pay... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at People agenda
In the recent UK Life & Pensions: A roadmap to succeed in a fast-changing sector report PwC explores the transformational trends reshaping the UK life and pensions sector and sets out a practical roadmap to help tackle the challenges ahead. The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) fair treatment of with-profits customer review highlights many of these pressing issues. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FSRR
As the Brexit negotiations continue to progress slowly, financial services firms are putting contingency plans into effect for a no deal Brexit in March 2019. Recent weeks have also seen more activity from the UK Government to prepare for the possibility of no deal with the EU-27. As part of this the Government has started to publish a series of draft statutory instruments (SIs) which would provide the UK with a workable financial services regulatory framework in March 2019 should the UK and EU-27 not be able to reach an agreement. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at FSRR
By Cara Haffey As manufacturers digitise their value chains from supplier to customer – a transformation widely termed “Industry 4.0” – they’re undertaking fundamental shifts in how and where they operate and transforming what it is they offer their customers in the process. These changes are driven partly by technology... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Industry perspectives
The FCA, FSB, ISDA and the Sterling Risk Free Reference rate (RFR) Working Group issued successive communications which collectively urge action and further clarify how firms should manage the transition from LIBOR to alternative RFRs by end-2021. PwC provides analysis. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Treasury
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By Gillian Kane and Tom Procter Deal or no deal? With the end of the Article 50 negotiating period looming, there is increasing discussion amongst UK businesses on new trading and border arrangements within the European Union. In collaboration with PwC’s Trade and Investment Hive, PwC Research conducted a survey... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at PwC Research
By Mike Wallace If the case for integrated care is to resonate, you need to be absolutely clear about the problem you are trying to solve and the future state you are trying to achieve. We know from our Local State We’re In survey that 81% of local government leaders... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Public sector matters
By Louise Broderick Of all the conceivable uses of blockchain, its potential in securely managing, storing and sharing data is, I would say one of the most exciting of all. At its core, blockchain enables the sharing of data across boundaries. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at The data blog
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As David Morris starts his new role as PwC’s UK Leader for Public Sector Health, he reflects on what’s top of mind for healthcare as the summer draws to a close. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Health Matters
By Brian Peters, Financial Reporting for Pensions Leader Large multinational companies typically operate employee benefit plans according to local custom and practice for their workforce around the world. PwC has carried out research in to how companies collect and process their pension information around the world for financial reporting purposes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Pensions
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As the summer holiday period comes to an end, we’ve been reflecting on the high level of transactions in the travel sector, and considering the drivers behind this trend and how it will continue. There has been a lot of deals activity in the travel space recently, with 49 deals announced and completed in Europe this year to date as reported by Mergermarket. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Deal Talk
Market confidence continues to be driven by China’s orientation towards innovation and leading edge technology. The strong performance we are witnessing in Asian markets will have a strong impact on global capital markets. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Deal Talk
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Growing sophistication is required to deliver continuous improvement in the credit and collections environment. This includes not only the strategies applied but the technical solutions available to credit and collections teams. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Deal Talk
By Andrew Gray and Conor MacManus The UK Government has now confirmed that, rather than pursue a model of mutual recognition to allow market access for financial services firms post-Brexit, it will seek improvements to the EU’s existing equivalence model. At this stage we don’t know whether the EU-27 will... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at FSRR
Many companies are concerned about their commodity price risk, what it means for their business and crucially how they can manage it. Managing this exposure is key to competitive advantage and viability of the business in the long term. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Treasury
Organisations in critical infrastructure sectors such as energy, utilities, transport, health and digital services are experiencing disruption from a range of digitalisation and automation technologies, and as a result of this disruption it often brings with it increased risks. In this blog, we discuss the importance of the NIS Directive in ensuring disruption is met with operational and cyber resilience, as well as the steps that need to be taken to clearly understand, implement and demonstrate compliance. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Cyber security updates
As the pace of global change is accelerating, this is having a large impact on activity in capital markets. Ross Hunter and Katya Kuznetsova explore the shift towards the "new economy" sectors as driven largely by innovation from the world's largest technology and e-commerce companies. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Deal Talk
By Stephen Mills The latest Instagram fad, according to a recent report, is to take a selfie (preferably while somewhere exotic on holiday) from a drone. Inevitably it comes with its own hashtag – #instadrone. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at The data blog