Press coverage

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

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Civil Service World, 23 March 2017

William Mosseri-Marlio, Research Manager at Reform, wrote an article in Civil Service World arguing that deferred payment agreements can make an immediate difference to the current social care crisis. This follows the publication of Reform's report, Funding social care: the role of deferred payment agreements. An estimated 63,000 people will be responsible for privately funding their residential care this year. Many people can only cover their fees by selling their houses upfront. The deferred payment scheme (where local authorities cover the care home fees of a participant in exchange for a claim on their housing wealth, which is typically realised after death) could offer a solution to  this if its scope was widened.

"Social care is the one policy area where the prime minister has admitted her government’s thinking is inadequate. A better deferred payment scheme can make an immediate difference."  

Read the full article here.

BBC News, 19 March 2017

Andrew Haldenby appeared on the main BBC television news bulletins in response to demands for extra NHS funding to help hospitals meet waiting time targets. Andrew said: “The NHS and social care have had five emergency cash injections in the last two-and-a-half years alone, so more money is not the answer.  What it needs is a whole programme of modernisation and change, and I fear that another dollop of extra money would stop that process happening.” Please see the Reform appearances at 5 minutes 22 seconds and 6 minutes 10 seconds here

Public Finance, 14 March 2017

Danail Vasilev, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article in Public Finance following the launch of Funding social care: the role of deferred payment agreements. Care home places are largely in demand by those who are over the age of 75. This group has considerable housing wealth but will struggle to access this capital. Deferred payment agreements offers a solution to this problem, a policy useful for the individual and also aligns with the government's commitment to fiscal sustainability.

"While a new funding model is being evaluated by the government, steps to alleviate pressures in the short term must be taken. Deferred payments offer value at low cost."  

Read the full article here.

Public Finance, 10 March 2017

William Mosseri-Marlio, Research Manager at Reform, wrote an article in Public Finance following the Budget. "Hammond went into the Budget stressing his credentials as a reformer of public services. A review of the triple lock on the state pension was announced in November; now social care funding is on the table. If the chancellor is to significantly improve the long-term outlook of the public finances, he must turn these words into deeds."  

Read the full article here.

ITV News, 10 March 2017

Louis Coiffait, Head of Education at Reform, responded to ASCL’s school leader survey about school budgets on ITV News, making the point that Reform analysis last Spring predicted the 7% per-pupil fall in funding, that school budgets have fared relatively well, and that many schools can achieve better value for money – for instance by looking at class sizes, working together more and pooling staff. 

Reform Health conference 2017: media coverage

Reform held a major health conference on 'NHS reform at pace and scale' on 8 March 2017 where Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, gave the keynote speech. Media coverage included:  BBC News Sky News Mirror International Business Times and The Guardian

The Times, 9 March 2017

Andrew Haldenby wrote an letter published by The Times in response to an article by Danny Finkelstein on a hypothecated NHS tax.

He wrote: “More importantly, the creation of a dedicated tax would distract Ministers from the essential task of reorganising the Service so that it works more productively.  At long last the NHS is genuinely trying to shift its centre of gravity from relatively expensive hospitals to primary care and indeed to care in the home, enabled by new technology.  The creation of a new funding system would send the contrary message that the Government sees funding, not productivity, as the solution to the Service’s problems.”  

The Telegraph, 8 March 2017

Andrew Haldenby wrote an article for the Telegraph in response to the Budget on the previous day. He wrote: “Philip Hammond concluded his Budget speech by saying that he would ‘back’ public services. That is not the same as writing them a blank cheque. The right way to do it is to help public services turn into the modern, efficient, capable organisations that citizens want.”  

Read the full article here.

The Times, 7 March 2017

William Mosseri-Marlio, Research Manager at Reform, wrote an article for The Times Red Box ahead of the Budget tomorrow. Although the country is on track to deliver a surplus by the next Parliament, more difficult times lie ahead. As the ageing population grows, this will only put more strain on public services including social security, the NHS and long-term care. However, the Government looks like it is doing something about it, with an expected review on social care funding to be announced and a re-think on the pension triple lock. The only thing left to tackle is the NHS, the single biggest threat to the country's long-term fiscal position.

"Structural reform is a thankless political task. The pain is acute, and future chancellors enjoy the benefits. Anyone with a spreadsheet, however, can see that inertia isn’t an option."  

Read the full article here.