Press coverage

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

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BBC Radio Kent and BBC Radio Sussex, 4 July 2017

Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher, appeared on BBC Radio Kent and BBC Sussex to discuss Reform's recent report on digital borders. He argued that the Government should install new technology at the border, such as e-gates, to increase security and enable quicker access to the UK. Listen to the full episode of BBC Radio Kent here. Listen to the full episode of BBC Sussex here.

Diginomica, 30 June 2017

Eleonora Harwich, Researcher at Reform, was interviewed for Diginomica about the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for UK public services. AI offers great opportunities for public services, including personalised and proactive services, and assisting public servants to detect and identify social issues and create smart interventions. However, she argues that this can't just be rolled out enmasse across the system. This partly because the quality of available data is not unbiased and complete enough, and because there needs to be much more communication and engagement with the public about what it means, how it would be used and the possible positives and negatives.

"We just have not had a sufficient level of debate with the public on the issues of access, transparency and privacy that using data like this warrants. There’s also difficult ethical questions surrounding the use of algorithms in decision-making. Before we get the machines to make an ever-increasing number of decisions for us, we need to do a lot of thinking ourselves."  

Read the full article here.

Public Sector Focus, 30 June 2017

Louis Coiffait, Head of Education at Reform, wrote an article for Public Sector Focus titled 'With funding, there will only ever be one way schools can have their cake and eat it'. In this article, Louis outlines what a minority Conservative government and the "end of austerity" will mean for school funding. He argues that over the next few years an overall budget cut of minus three per cent and uncertainties about a National Funding Formula are not as important as what schools actually choose to do with their funds. Instead they should make the most of their freedoms to work together and determine their own, and their pupils' futures.

Read the full article here (page 66-67)

Media coverage: digital borders report

Reform published a report on how technology could transform the UK's borders. In light of Brexit and the issue of the UK-Ireland border, this issue is now of critical urgency. Read the full report here.

The report was featured in the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Daily Express, BT News, UK Authority, Sunday Express, Conservative Home, Belfast Telegraph, E&T, the Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Digital by Default, Think Digital Partners and Yorkshire Post. 

Conservative Home, 29 June 2017

After the publication of Reform's report, The future of public services: digital borders, Maisie Borrows wrote an article in Conservative Home on why a digital border would be a major boost to security and trade.

"The Chancellor is right to look to new technology to upgrade the UK’s border. Not only could this better facilitate trade and tourism in an ultra-competitive world, but it would improve security too. Ministers should see Brexit as the perfect opportunity to do this – for the UK’s benefit both during the negotiations, and beyond."  

Read the full article here.

Public Finance, 27 June 2017

Danail Vasilev, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article in Public Finance on why pre-funded care is an attractive solution to address the problem of the UK's ageing population. He argued that having a pre-funded funding model for social care would be better than the current pay-as-you-go system in the long-term. The benefits are twofold: it would be more cost-effective and fairer to young generations. In the short-term, whilst funds were being built up, funding for social care could be achieved through scrapping the winter fuel allowance, the triple lock and by tapping into the housing wealth of older people. "Bold, radical reform such as this can ensure better social care for generations to come."

Read the full article here.

The Times Red Box, 27 June 2017

Andrew Haldenby, Director, wrote an article for The Times Red Box on why reforming how the UK pays for social care is the "most urgent question facing the Welfare State". He argued that there are many options available but that introducing compulsory insurance, which working-age people and their employers would pay into, would build up funds to pay for future social care costs. In the short-term, as funds are being built up, funding towards social care could be gained by scrapping the triple lock and the winter fuel allowance.

"How to fund social care is now the most urgent question facing the Welfare State. After the Election debacle, for Theresa May to lead the country towards a new solution would be a superb achievement."  

Read the full article here.

Media coverage: Social care report

Reform published a report on Social care: a prefunded solution on Tuesday 27 June 2017. Coverage included The Times Red Box, Public Finance, The Sun, Local Government Association, Local Government Chronicle, WN, AOL News and FT Adviser. 

Sky News, 23 June 2017

Andrew Haldenby, Director at Reform, appeared on Sky News to discuss how police can increase efficiency.