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Public Finance

Public Finance, 23 November 2017

In a budget response, Emilie Sundorph, Researcher at Reform, argues that the budget was right to focus on developing the skills needed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but that equipping the future workforce still faces major obstacles. The article was published in Public Finance on Thursday 23 November 2017.

You can read the full article here


The Telegraph, 22 November 2017

In a Budget response, Andrew Haldenby, Director at Reform argues: “Today Philip Hammond faced down outspoken demands for big spending increases on the NHS. Instead he will hold the NHS establishment to account for its painfully slow progress in modernising the Service.  He is absolutely right to do so.” The article was published in The Telegraph on the 22nd November 2017.

You can read the full article here

The Times Red Box Ahit

The Times Red Box, 22 November 2017

Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for The Times Red Box exploring whether the public really are as sick of austerity as it is being claimed.

Surveys show that the number of people feeling the effects of austerity are falling and public satisfaction in services, particularly NHS and police, has been increasing whilst budgets have been falling (the only exception to this is social care).

“For some, higher public spending would be the right response to the shock general election result. But ministers will do well to recall that debate on the government’s finances during the election campaign was conspicuous by its absence.”

Read the full article here

Policing Insight

Policing Insight, 14 November 2017

Emilie Sundorph, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for Policing Insight about the police complaints system. With some eighty per cent of complainants dissatisfied with the IPCC, is it time for a fundamental change?

“Police and Crime Commissioners should be encouraged to take on the responsibility for the complaints system and prove that their unique relationships with police forces can move the complaints system towards becoming an engine for a more democratically accountable and self-improving police service.”

Read the full article here.

BBC Radio Kent

BBC Radio Kent, 8 November 2017

Maisie Borrows, Researcher at Reform, appeared on BBC Radio Kent to discuss restricting prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines. She argued that the restriction is good for NHS finances as this will save money, which can then be reinvested elsewhere. She highlighted that the majority of people can afford to buy these medicines but appropriate means testing must be in place to identify and support those who cannot.

If you missed it, you can listen to the programme here.

Yorkshire Post

The Yorkshire Post, 3 November 2017

On 3 November 2017, Maisie Borrows, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for the Yorkshire Post on Reform‘s recent report Vive la devolution: devolved public-services commissioningThe article argues that devolution in Yorkshire will improve public-service commissioning.

You can read the full article here.

Financial Times

Financial Times, 2 November 2017

On Thursday 2 November 2017, Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher at Reform, was featured in the Financial Times stating that more IT volunteers must be recruited to combat the pressures of cybercrime. You can read the full article here.

Vive la devolution

Vive la devolution: devolved public-services commissioning - media coverage

On 1 November 2017, Reform published a report titled Vive la devolution: devolved public-services commissioning. The report argues for the devolution of over £100 billion of public-services spending, including 95 per cent of the NHS’s budget. 38 large councils across England should control this spending to improve outcomes for citizens. 

Media coverage included Civil Service World, Public Finance, Yorkshire Post, The MJ, Oxford Mail, Local Government Chronicle, National Health Executive and Public Sector Executive

The House of Commons briefing paper on local administrative boundaries also references the report.


TES, 29 September 2017

Louis Coiffait, Head of Education at Reform, was featured in an article by TES. Louis Coiffait is head of education at the Reform thinktank, which in February published a report questioning Teach First’s value for money. It is the most expensive of the initial teacher training routes, with Teach First entrants making up 7 per cent of postgraduates training to become secondary teachers, but representing 11 per cent of total training costs. “It was founded in the Blair era when everyone was awash with cash,” says Coiffait. “They’ve managed to navigate the period of austerity up to now very well actually, [but] that pressure around value for money is not going away – if anything it’s increasing.”  

Read the full article here.


Glint, 18 September 2017

Maisie Borrows, Researcher at Reform, spoke on a panel at a Social Market Foundation event on digital identity verification. The event was covered by Perspectives at Glint, a new global currency. A full write-up of the event can be found here.


The Telegraph, 14 September 2017

Andrew Haldenby, Director at Reform, wrote an article for the The Telegraph following the launch of Reform's report Getting into shape: Delivering a workforce for integrated careAndrew argues that's the Government's recent efforts to lift the pay cap is not going to fix the public sector's recruiting crisis and that these services need a modern workforce, recruited and trained in a very different way to today.

You can read the full article here 


Tes, 9 September 2017

Louis Coiffait, Head of Education at Reform, shared findings from Reform's upcoming school workforce report at ResearchED's annual conference on Saturday 9 September. He called for the government to replace recruitment bursaries paid up front, with phased retention rewards. He also outlined the benefits of schools groups (both MATs and federations) over stand-alone schools, and the need for a regional - rather than national - approach to the school workforce.

You can read the full article here

Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education, 6 September 2017

Emilie Sundorph, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for the Times Higher Education titled 'Widening participation: LSE bucks trend as ‘elite’ universities struggle'. This is following the publication of a Reform report earlier this week which assesses university spending on widening participation. The article argues that despite universities putting more money into improving access, the top universities are still struggling to diversify their intakes.

"While universities benefit from autonomy, and should continue to do so, they also have a responsibility to show fee-paying students, and the taxpayers subsidising loans, that funding is being spent to the best effect. Holding institutions to account for making real contributions to social mobility may be a better place to focus than how much their top executives are worth".

You can read the full article here.


The Guardian, 5 September 2017

On the 5th September, The Guardian newspaper wrote an exclusive article about Reform's recent report Joining the elite: how top universities can enhance social mobility. The article comments on the 'incredibly slow' progress that England's top universities have made in widening access to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, despite having schemes in place that are designed to widen access to their undergraduate coursesThe article highlights key findings from the Reform report which has found that whilst English universities overall have increased access for disadvantaged students, this progress is skewed towards lower- and middle-tier universities.

Read the full article here

BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 Live, 1 September 2017

Louis Coiffait, Head of Education at Reform appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss whether councils would be able to plan enough school places for the predicted 19% increase in secondary pupils. He argued that although councils and schools had managed the 'population bulge' going through primary well, it would only be possible in secondary if they and (the greater proportion of) academies worked closely together in partnership. You can listen to his interview from 2.07.37.