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Financial foresight

Steering you through uncertainty

Understanding what drives your financial trajectory will make it easier to navigate your council through continuing uncertainty. Our financial foresight service will help you respond effectively.

Between 30% and 50% of upper-tier authorities could be at risk of financial failure by 2025 without significant further cost reduction or new income. Having a simple and evidence-based picture of your financial trajectory and scenarios is essential.

Our expert support, delivered through individual and collective engagement with your top team, will help you develop your thinking on staying ahead of the challenge.

Why Grant Thornton

Developed with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), our Financial Foresight tool helps you understand your financial trajectory and plan your response.

Using our tool's data as a starting point, we combine our team’s insight and experience with yours to get the best opportunities and interventions on the table.


Phillip Woolley

+44 (0)161 953 6430

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Foresight model

Financial Foresight includes a sophisticated visual forecasting model built on evidence and benchmarking for every council in England

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Scenario analysis

Our tool's scenario modelling will replace uncertainty with insight for your place, organisation and budget

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Strategy accelerator

Sharpen your financial strategy and transformation plans, putting your council on course to respond to its financial trajectory

What our clients have to say

“Grant Thornton’s Financial Foresight approach helped the leadership team gain a clear and shared view of the council’s financial trajectory. The subject matter expertise of the Grant Thornton team, and the engagement and facilitation of the workshops, led to rich conversations, which allowed the leadership team to move quickly to a shared focus and gain clarity on the financial challenges, opportunities and priorities needed to update our medium-term financial strategy.”

Tony Kirkham Director of Resources, Newcastle City Council

“Foresight helped our management team to get a clear and shared view of our financial trajectory and the wide range of factors that shape it. Using Foresight as a platform, our work with Grant Thornton has rapidly developed our thinking on how we meaningfully invest in the outcomes that matter to our borough and our communities.”

Alison Griffin Chief Executive Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

“Working with Grant Thornton to use the Financial Foresight tool, we were able to get straight into the heart of rich conversations about the different financial trajectories for both Councils, and to agree a set of interventions to strengthen their position over the medium term. The whole process has helped us to inject pace and rigour into our financial improvement programmes.”

Amanda Askham, Director of Business Improvement and Development Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council

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In partnership with CIPFA