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  • Procurement | Local government | PwC Ireland | Industries
    of PwC territory sites Procurement Challenges and opportunities In today s economic environment procurement efficiency effectiveness and agility are critical to the operation of local government bodies In many cases procurement represents an opportunity to maximise efficiency reduce cost mitigate risk and release value without reducing headcount Fragmented procurement functions inappropriate governance and inadequate control over purchasing can lead to inefficiencies avoidable costs and potential barriers to achieving value for money Significant opportunities can be realised through organisational restructuring the utilisation of technology e sourcing P2P and compliance management The realisation of these opportunities can support the development of resilient procurement functions that can flex across structures and organisations to leverage scale and maximise commercially efficient operations while breaking down silo activity centralising expenditure and increasing SME participation How can we help In working with you we have seen that savings of 10 15 can be achieved through process and systems rationalisation outsourcing and functional redesign Savings above 15 can be achieved through strategic supplier account planning and alliances technology intellectual property rights control and early supplier involvement and collaboration We can work with you to transform procurement into a strategic commercially focused activity with strong cross departmental linkages and

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  • Funding model challenges | Local government | PwC Ireland | Industries
    Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Funding model challenges Local Authorities continue to face significant funding challenges The introduction of and in many cases the reduction of the Local Property Tax has created further uncertainty as part of the budgetary process Local Authorities are empowered to adjust the rate of the local property tax by up to 15 for 2015 Twelve Local Authorities have voted in favour of reducing the rate by between 1 5 and 15 Often these decisions have been made by councillors contrary to the advice of council management tasked with implementing a more constrained budget Other councils where there is a lower local property tax take will hope to receive a favourable redistribution through the national equalisation fund How can we help Now more than ever there is a need to prepare compelling financial plans to ensure that future funding requirements are met Consideration will need to be given to how existing services both internal and external can be delivered in the most efficient manner achievable Our experienced team can

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  • Pension planning | Local government | PwC Ireland | Industries
    Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Pension planning Local Authority finances reshaped The transfer of local authority water assets to Irish Water from January 2014 and the introduction of the Local Property Tax among other changes in the last 12 months have significantly impacted on the annual budgetary process for local authorities These changes will continue to impact these processes and the financing of local authorities into the future Another item which has not yet fully emerged but is likely to play an important role is the strain increased pension payments will have on annual budgets going forward How can we help With annual pension payments likely to almost double over the next 6 7 years in many local authorities it is key that finance functions have a clear handle on the scale and shape of future payments This will assist in more accurate budgeting and give greater certainty when projecting this significant element of expenditure We have significant experience developing actuarial models to assist to assist finance functions in this endeavour with simple outputs which can be used

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  • Digital | Local government | PwC Ireland | Industries
    multiple service counters and fax machines As customer preferences change an opportunity exists to simplify the channels authorities offer to their citizens Dedicated customer contact centres offer a more consistent and efficient interaction for citizens whilst allowing other staff to concentrate on the provision of services Self service and online forums are becoming more common for many UK Councils as Citizens interact with their Local Council and each other It is anticipated that citizens will drive this level of digital change across Irish Council services particularly in relation to residents committees planning forums traffic and roadwork s Building the right knowledge base for the future Retirements and the moratorium on recruitment since the start of the recession have seen a loss of skills and knowledge in many areas Continued funding challenges make it likely that further swathes of experience and organisational knowledge are at risk of being lost to Councils The average age of Council staff nationally is 51 three quarters of staff are likely to retire in the next twenty years Councils need to ensure succession planning is underway to reliable service provision A knowledge retention program can make a real difference for a Council enabling the organisation to tap into knowledge banks such as coaching and mentoring programmes data capture initiatives and digitalisation projects before key staff leave the organisation Work coordination and sequencing Local Authorities are facing challenges in relation to succession planning and knowledge capture The combination of digital tools and connected devices allows Local Authorities to capture information plan and prioritise work more easily and efficiently This allows greater visibility of the work performed by Council staff but also allows work to be sequenced in planned across teams and services Transforming paper based recording processes to digital will enable more accurate less expensive and faster capture of information Forms like daily check sheets and inspection forms and the paper mountains they create can be eradicated It will also enable the freeing up of floor space as records become digitalised or archived Greater levels of reporting With the introduction of direct funding of Councils by citizens through the Local Property Tax it is important for Councils to be able to provide insights about how resources are being used and what services are being provided to citizens Value for money and access to services is becoming a priority for citizens Open Data means making data available in a standard consumable way for others to use Open data enables and demonstrates transparency by making available data that can be shared often free of charge and has few restrictions on its use Councils both in Ireland and overseas have seen the rewards of opening their data to external developers Civic minded organisations and developers have re used public information in novel ways to provide additional services or enhanced information to citizens Skills for the digital age Digital technology and culture is evolving fast and has already had a significant impact on the way Local Government supports the delivery of

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  • Succession planning and talent management | Local government | PwC Ireland | Industries
    Local Authorities in Ireland is 51 This presents some real challenges around succession planning as recruitment has been restricted in recent years and staff attrition has continued This has led to a skills mismatch in some functional areas in Irish Local Authorities Local Authorities are now starting to define their future talent requirements as part of their annual workforce plan New skills such as data analytics digital diagnostics and economic development and planning will be key to ensuring that Councils have the right organisational capability to support future ctizen needs It is important that Local Authorities continue to assess their talent needs and to refresh their understanding of what talent may be required in the future as they evolve It is likely that the workforce shape and skill base will change over time to reflect the changing services and delivery models in the sector A good example of this is the rise in the use of online channels and services Greater use of these in the future will require Local Authorities to have skills and capabilities in the area of Digital Knowledge capture is also becoming more important as senior talent continues to leave the organisation through retirement The importance of capturing and transfering this knowledge to younger staff is a critical activity for any Authority Knowledge capture is not only about updating core systems and documents but also involves a focused approach to mentoring and coaching to upskill staff How can we help We have a defined approach to Succession Planning and Talent Management and have employed this in our work with numerous Local Authorities in other jurisdictions Our methodology and apporach is highly collaborative and we strive to work closely with Human Resources and management teams as part of this process We have experience in developing knowledge management

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  • Understanding your business | Local government | PwC Ireland | Industries
    Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Understanding your business Irish Local Authorities are facing a complex set of challenges including funding constraints rising demand for services and economic growth Local Authorities have begun to respond but further financial challenges loom The sector is transforming with the introduction of the local property tax the transition of water services to one integrated water company and the increasing citizen interest in getting value for money from public services How can Local Authorities respond to the pressures they face What will the Local Authorities of the future look like How can local government encourage economic growth in a climate of austerity We re keen to continue to support you with these challenges Our experience and team We have a dedicated and experienced local government team that is committed to working with you We have worked with Local Authorities in Ireland and overseas dealing with a wide range of challenges In addition to our local team we access dedicated local government teams in our global network for expert advice and comparative best practice examples and trends We want to support you as you look to

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  • Publications | Local government | PwC Ireland | Industries
    better functioning housing sector more strategically shaped by national and local government and with a range of effective funding mechanisms to try to drive new home volumes The local state we re in PwC s annual local government survey 2015 Cities of Opportunity 2014 In this sixth edition of Cities of opportunity PwC examines the current social and economic performance of the world s leading cities This report seeks to provide a realistic framework for thought and action beginning with 30 of the world s most significant cities on one hand the engine of the modern global economy and on the other the heart of much of our shared culture To view the interview with the Vice Mayor of Stockholm on Youtube please click here To find out more information about this publication please follow this link to the feature site by clicking here Building next generation sustainable cities 2014 Urbanization is one of the most important demographic forces affecting municipal governments and it will remain so for the foreseeable future Some 70 percent of the world s population will live in cities by 2050 up from slightly more than 50 percent today As a result governments must provide services for more people while also encouraging economic growth and implementing sustainable environmental practices despite sizable budget constraints Technology can help policymakers address these challenges through the creation of digital cities which use advanced infrastructure and solutions to deliver better city services that meet the economic social and environmental challenges of urbanization Investor ready cities How cities can create and deliver infrastructure value Siemens PwC and Berwin Leighton Paisner have joined forces to illustrate how successful urban infrastructure delivery can be driven by cities whose governance structures legal and policy frameworks and commercial planning provides new incentives for development and long

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  • Issues | Industries | PwC Ireland | Manufacturing
    on your investment Are you optimising talent do you know what motivates your key employees and are they sufficiently challenged How does your employee productivity compare with your peers Supply chain risk Have you identified suppliers most critical to your strategy operations performance and reputation Have you considered financial data and qualitative information to get an accurate risk profile Are there areas where you are risking more than you re saving by relying on a particular supplier Which suppliers would cause critical operational problems if they were to default How vulnerable or viable is each supplier How do your supplier s operations as reflected by its quality and economics align with our business goals and brand Research and development Are you missing an opportunity Less obvious activities which are outside the white coat definition of research and development R D are often overlooked as potentially qualifying for this 37 5 effective tax relief rate e g how to improve a process or the yield from a process or how to substitute a cheaper raw material for an existing one without affecting output etc Are you maximising your existing R D claim Are you maximising the full range of R D grant assistance available to you as a manufacturing or international traded services company Outsourcing Have you considered outsourcing as an opportunity to reduce cost and provide you with greater flexibility to focus on broader business issues If considering outsourcing how do you ensure that you select the right supplier maximise key contract deliverables and effect a smooth transition If you have already outsourced functions are you maximising your current arrangements Maximising capital allowances In line with recent Government focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions tax legislation was recently introduced to promote the use of energy efficient equipment Have you recently purchased or are you considering investing in equipment which may qualify for 100 capital allowances in the first year Have you considered all opportunities in this area e g air conditioning or security systems often categorised as buildings or leasehold improvements for financial reporting may be regarded as plant and machinery for tax purposes Are you maximising the cash flow benefits of your capital allowances Simplifying your business model Does your corporate structure have many legal entities Have you considered reducing the legal entity footprint to achieve sustainable cost reduction and efficiency gains through a closer alignment between a simplified management model and simplified legal and tax structures Can you shift focus from short term cost reduction programmes to wider structural and transformational change initiatives Could you reduce compliance costs Do you have overlapping management structures and duplicate back office functions Could you reduce your internal cost of doing business Are your regional and local priorities consistent Effective IT and production systems Have you updated your production schedule to realign machine flows improve equipment set up and enhance plant layout Have your streamlined the process to eliminate operations and processes that do not add value Are you maximising use of

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