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Reform's research and commentary is regularly featured in the media. You can find press coverage of Reform's work here.

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.

 

The Times

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. 


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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

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


Reform

Reform media statement: Benefit cap should be kept but is too low, says think tank

Commenting benefit cap statistics published the Department for Work and Pensions today, Director of the Reform think tank, Charlotte Pickles, said:

“The benefit cap was rightly introduced to make the welfare state fairer – ensuring that those on benefits did not receive more than the average working family. But these figures show the cap has gone too far.

The double whammy of reducing the cap to £20,000 and freezing benefits is causing unacceptable hardship for the most vulnerable in society. The welfare system must be fair for taxpayers, but it must also reduce, not increase, poverty. If the Government wants to cut the welfare bill, they should look at the millions being handed to wealthy pensioners.”


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Report coverage - 'Making the right choices: using data-driven technology to transform mental healthcare'

On Wednesday 3 July 2019, Reform launched its report, Making the right choices: using data-driven technology to transform mental healthcare

It has been mentioned by Use My Data, the King's Fund, NICE and on NHS resources including the current awareness service for child and adolescence mental health, Musgrove Park Hospital and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

 


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Report coverage: Sharing the benefits: how to use data effectively in the public sector

On 16 August 2018, Reform published a report on the potential of data sharing to transform the delivery of public services. Media coverage included: The Telegraph, Public Technology, Civil Service WorldUK AuthorityThe RegisterOut-Law.comHolyroodGovernment EuropaSmart Cities World, GovLab and the Royal Society

The report was referenced by the Office for Statistics Regulation,the Better Care Fund and the Children's Commissioner.

The report was also referenced in a report on digital government by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. 

It also received international coverage including in Italy.


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Reform statement: Invest in safety and scrap short sentences to improve prisons, says think tank

Commenting on statistics published today by the Ministry of Justice, Director of the Reform think tank Charlotte Pickles, said:

“These figures continue to show unacceptably high levels of violence and self-harm in our prisons.

Our new Prime Minister has presented himself as tough on crime. But the most effective way to cut crime is to reduce reoffending. That means investing in prison safety and rehabilitation to help offenders turn their lives around.

It also means keeping prison as a last resort. Reoffending costs society £18bn a year. It would be a grave and costly mistake to not proceed with David Gauke’s proposal to scrap short-term prison sentences, which exacerbate reoffending.”

This was covered in the Financial Times Public Finance and OZY.  


Public Finance

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


Charlie

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.   


BBC News

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

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


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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

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 Opinion

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


Salisbury Journal

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