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10 prisons pilot success holds the keys to wider reform, says think tank

Commenting on the ‘10 prisons’ project pilot results, Charlotte Pickles, Director of the Reform think tank, said:

“These results are very encouraging, and demonstrate that smart, targeted investment can reduce prison violence.

“These findings must now inform how the £100 million promised last week by the Prime Minister is spent. Violence is a critical issue across the prison estate. The 10 prisons are a small proportion of the estate, and do not include some of the worst in the country, which must now be the focus of attention. 

“It is also vital that the Government does not undermine this progress through its ill-conceived sentencing proposals. Locking more people up for longer will create more demand in an already overstretched system, further exacerbating violence. Prison must always be a last resort.”

Covered in The Financial Times, The Yorkshire Post and other regional publications. 

Public Finance, 16 August 2019

Aidan Shilson-Thomas, Researcher at Reform, wrote an op-ed for Public Finance, outlining why the Prime Minister should focus on re-offending and scrapping short sentences if he wants to cut down on crime.  

Read it here.

City AM, 15 August 2019

Reform think tank Director, Charlotte Pickles, wrote an article for City AM outlining why the Prime Minister's 'tough on crime' rhetoric won't make our streets any safer. 

You can read it here

Reform Media Statement: Close aspiration gap shown in Sutton Trust poll to improve social mobility, says think tank

Commenting on the Sutton Trust’s annual aspirations polling, Reform Education lead, Dr Luke Heselwood, said:

“These figures show an alarming aspiration gap between disadvantaged and advantaged pupils when it comes to attending university.

“Higher education remains the primary route to top jobs and poorer pupils must not be put off from applying otherwise improving social mobility will remain a pipe dream. Where young people have the grades, their background should not determine their educational outcomes. Talent is not concentrated among the wealthy. Schools and universities must do more to close this gap and the new Education Secretary must make this a priority.”

This was covered in the TES and The Boar.  

Times Education Supplement, 14 August 2019

Dr Luke Heselwood, Senior Researcher at Reform, wrote a piece for the Times Education Supplement, on why we should spare a thought for technical education on A-levels results day. 

Read the full piece here.

PRIME MINISTER’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS ARE UNEVIDENCED ELECTIONEERING, SAYS THINK TANK

Following the Prime Minister's criminal justice reforms, Charlotte Pickles, Director of the Reform think tank, was quoted in The Financial Times giving her analysis of the proposals.

In the piece she argued that the “aggregate sum of these announcements is clearly electioneering. It’s true that the public is worried about crime, but this looks like a thinly-veiled attempt to get back to being seen as the party of law and order”.

Read the full piece here

 

Prime Minister’s criminal justice reforms are unevidenced electioneering, says think tank

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement to increase prison sentences and bolster stop and search, Charlotte Pickles, Director of the Reform think tank, said:

“Boris Johnson’s criminal justice reforms are a monumental waste of money. His proposed sentencing reforms ignore evidence that shows that longer prison sentences are ineffective at deterring crime or reducing reoffending.

“His unequivocal embrace of stop and search is dumbfounding – research shows it does little to prevent violence.

“Intelligent investment is clearly need, but these pledges are costly election baubles, not a serious attempt to make this country safer.”

Covered by various outlets including The Times, The Independent, The Guardian,  Public Finance and Yahoo News. Charlotte was also interviewed by talkRADIO and LBC. 

Thursday 8 August, New NHS data highlights need for primary care reform, says Reform think tank

New data published today by NHS England shows patients attended A&E in record numbers this July, whilst waiting lists for hospital treatment are out of control, up 20% in a month.

Commenting, Reform think tank Health Policy lead, Claudia Martinez, said:

“Nobody should be surprised that patients are flocking to A&E when they see no alternative. A third of patients can’t book a same day appointment with their GP, while around 90% aren’t aware of any out-of-hours services.

“The solution is a primary care system that keeps people out of A&E. Illness isn’t constrained to working hours, so GPs need to provide care when patients need it – which requires investment.  It’s ridiculous that only 6% of the £1.8bn promised to the NHS this week is earmarked for primary care. The Government needs to urgently rethink its approach.”   

Covered in the The Financial Times (£). 

Mental Health Today, 31 July 2019

Claudia Martinez, Research Manager at Reform, wrote an article in Mental Health Today about how technology can revolutionise mental health care but it is imperative that people are put at the centre. 

Read the article here