What to expect from the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review

The Comprehensive Spending Review has been dialled back in ambition but will still set the future direction of departmental spending and will impact on policy development, writes Rt Hon David Laws, former Cabinet Minister It is commonplace these days for large parts of Budgets and Spending Reviews to be leaked in advance, so it is no surprise that we have already learned that in next week's Spending Review the Defence budget will get a boost, while Overseas Aid faces cuts - as yet,...

What does a Biden presidency mean for Private Equity?

By Ioan Phillips, Senior Political Analyst Joe Biden has finally been confirmed as US President, following several fraught days of ballot-counting. But what does his victory mean for Private Equity? Many in the industry will be glad to see the back of the volatility that characterised policy-making in the Trump administration. While the platform Biden ran on suggests higher taxation and tighter regulation overall (trends that are typically negative for deal activity),...

GK launches Education & Skills Insights Report

We are delighted to announce the launch of GK’s new education and skills insights monthly report. Our team of consultants have created insightful content that looks at some of the most important trends and developments across the whole of the education and skills space. Topics covered this month include: Five things to look out for in education policy - by David Laws, Strategic Advisor Interpreting changes to the National Funding Formula - by Joe Berkhout, Account...

Doing nothing is ‘no longer an option’. With social care on the precipice, Boris Johnson urgently needs to outline a clear long-term vision.

By GK consultant and social care policy expert, Jack Sansum  15 months have now passed since Boris Johnson stood outside Downing Street promising to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all”. While there have been numerous rumours...

COVID-19 and the looming mental health crisis

By Ian Perrin, Senior Account Manager and health specialist  Despite your views on the current Government and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, understanding the UK’s coronavirus plan is an impossible task. I say that as someone who follows politics day-in and day-out. For people who work in industries unrelated to politics and Government, who work in small businesses, in schools, or on the high streets, trying to understand what is...

How is the ambition for NHS transformation being impacted by COVID19’s ‘new normal’?

GK Strategy is frequently asked to outline the landscape of healthcare spending and reform, what services will see increased demand over the next decade and whether the coronavirus pandemic will accelerate or inhibit wider transformation within the NHS. We are also asked how the role of private providers might change and how they can best anticipate and address changes in commissioning and service delivery. In this blog, GK Consultant, Joe Cormack examines these questions to show where...

GK Strategy becomes founding partner of I have a voice

By Jenni Hollis, Head of Client Services, GK Strategy Ever walked into a meeting room or networking event and felt different to those around you? Ever been mistaken for a waitress, when you’re actually the campaign manager? The latter happened to me in a previous role, and I’ve heard plenty of similar tales over the years. All excruciating, all exposing a burning need for change. While heaps of improvements have been made, diversity in politics, political parties and...

Testing is the key to success of the Adult Social Care Winter Plan

By Phil Hope, former Care Minister and GK Adviser The Adult Social Winter Care Plan published recently is hugely important as it sets out the national support available for the social care sector for the next six months of the winter and the main actions to be taken by local authorities, NHS organisations and social care providers including the voluntary and community sector (VCSE). There is a sense that older people have borne the brunt of this pandemic and that care homes...