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Public Finance, 22 July 2019

Josh Pritchard, Researcher at Reform, was quoted in an article by Public Finance about Labour's outsourcing proposals. He argued that Labour's proposed "insourcing revolution" is largely redundant and fails to address key concerns about job losses and cost effectiveness.

Read the full article here

Politics Live, 19 July 2019

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, appeared on Politics Live to discuss the latest policy news including No-Deal Brexit developments and apprenticeships.   

Reform media statement: More cops alone not the answer to trends highlighted in new crime statistics, says think tank

Commenting on the 8% increase in knife crime offences, Director of the Reform think tank Charlotte Pickles, said:

“The continuing rise in knife crime is tragic, but not surprising. Until politicians take seriously the need to invest in prevention alongside enforcement, more young people will continue to die on our cities’ streets.

Any increases in police numbers must be targeted and coupled with serious investment to tackle the lethal mix of poverty, school exclusion, poor mental health and drugs. It’s astonishing that both Tory leadership candidates think that pledging thousands more bobbies is enough.” 

Data also published today shows that fewer than one in 10 crimes result in a charge.

The think tank is calling for a portion of the resources being promised to the police by Tory leadership candidates to be spent on back-office support, analysts and bolstering digital forensics capabilities to improve outcomes. It argues that more officers should only be deployed to specific high crime areas.

Covered by BBC News, The Independent, The Mirror and The Express, among other publications. Charlotte was also quoted in the Financial Times and OXY's coverage of the statistics. 

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.