Press coverage

Find coverage in the press of Reform's latest work below. 

We are always happy to comment on policy issues relevant to our work. If you would like a quote, an interview, or a background briefing, please email press@reform.uk or ring 020 7799 6699 for the quickest response.  

Filter By

Inside Housing, 17 July 2019

Reform Researcher Imogen Farhan wrote an op-ed for Inside Housing arguing that Discretionary Housing Payments are not a long-term solution to the housing crisis. Read it here

Reform announces James Palmer as new Chair of trustees

Reform is delighted to announce that James Palmer has been appointed as Chair of trustees, succeeding Stephen Hargrave.

James has been a trustee of Reform for several years. James is Chair and Senior Partner of the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. He also currently chairs the Legal Services Group of TheCityUK, the body representing UK financial and professional services, and is a member of TheCityUK's Advisory Board and Senior Brexit Steering Group. Throughout his career James has also been involved in working on public policy initiatives, including improving regulation, its effectiveness and policy outcomes.

The team and trustees would like to express their thanks to Stephen Hargrave for his tremendous commitment to Reform over 15 years.

James Palmer said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair of Reform's trustees. I am particularly looking forward to working with Charlie, who we appointed earlier this year as the Director of Reform, and with the rest of the team.

“I have long believed in Reform's mission of better and smarter public service outcomes, achieved through evidence-based independent research analysis and ideas. It is through this that Reform contributes to real improvements in people’s lives, and to honesty in debate about sustainable solutions. At a time when politics in the UK is particularly short-termist, Reform is superbly placed to have a positive impact on policy thinking and implementation.

 “I would like to thank Stephen Hargrave, my predecessor as Chair of the trustees, for his quiet and unsung contribution to Reform, from its earliest days. We are very grateful for his time and support.”

Macau Daily Times

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, was mentioned in Macau Daily Times, on the topic of Amazon and NHS England joining forces to help patients get information about illnesses via Amazon's Alexa. 

Read the full article here.

Bloomberg, 10 July 2019

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, was quoted in a Bloomberg Opinion piece on topic of Amazon and NHS England joining forces to help patients get information about illnesses via Amazon's Alexa. 

"One public benefit would be to get more people to access official professional advice rather than make do with the rumors and misinformation that swamp social media, according to Eleonora Harwich, director of research at Reform, a public sector think tank."

Read the full article here

Reform Media Statement: Stonehenge Tunnel

Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee’s Stonehenge Tunnel report, Reform Procurement lead, Dr Joshua Pritchard, said:

“The ‘at-risk’ £2.4bn Stonehenge Tunnel is a worrying example of Government’s inability to think long-term about how it funds major infrastructure projects.

The short-sighted decision to reject private finance schemes without any sort of replacement funding in place has left this and other projects in perpetual limbo, with contractors unwilling to bid for multi-million pound building contracts without know who’ll be footing the bill. PFI had been problematic, but a new approach to private funding should have been put in place before pulling the plug on crucial projects across the UK or expecting Government Departments to magic funds out of thin air.”

Covered by the Salisbury Journal

Reform Media Statement: NAO Report on Serious Organised Crime

On Friday 28 June, the National Audit Office released a report on 'Tackling serious and organised crime', highlighting "inefficient and uncertain" funding arrangements. Commenting on the report, Reform researcher Aidan Shilson-Thomas said:

“Candidates vying to become Prime Minister need to think about what resources the police need to tackle crime in 2019 and pledging to introduce an arbitrary target for more officers is not the answer. This is a complex challenge as organised crime is increasingly hidden and borderless. Bolstering law enforcement’s use of data and capability to tackle online threats must be a priority.”

This statement was covered by Public Finance.

 

Public Sector Focus, 27 June 2019

Dr. Joshua Pritchard, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for the July edition of Public Sector Focus, addressing the potential benefits of allowing citizens to access government services using voice-assisted technologies, such as Amazon's Alexa and Google Home.

You can read the piece here.

Public Sector Executive, 27 June 2019

Dr. Joshua Pritchard, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for Public Sector Executive, addressing the potential benefits of incorporating Social Value into the government's outsourcing and contracting decisions.

"To seize opportunities to create social value, the Cabinet Office must draw on their expertise and ensure that appropriate training and existing guidance is used to support the roll-out of the new requirements."

You can read the full piece here.

BBC Three Counties Radio, 25 June 2019

On 25 June 2019, Reform Senior Researcher Dr. Luke Heselwood appeared on BBC Three Counties Radio, responding to the Sutton Trust/Social Mobility Commission's report into the educational backgrounds of the members of Britain's top professions.

He addressed the structural injustices which obstruct access to prestigious jobs for disadvantaged members of society, and suggested measures which could be taken to improve the equity of Britain's educational system.

You can listen to the full interview here (1:35:00 onwards).