The Week

The Week, 1 November 2019

Reformer of the Week

Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, for making the case that increasing participation in work and learning will require decision-making to happen at a local level.    

Quotes of the Week

“The things we did to prisoners, the courses we put them on… made little or no difference. Decent prisons in which prisoners are respected seem to provide a foundation for prisoner self-growth.”

Sir Martin Narey, former director general of the Prison Service, on Tuesday.

“I argue the city region is the best level to draw together the support offered to enable people to participate in work and learning.”

Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, on Tuesday.

Good week for

Cancer screening

78 NHS trusts will receive new cancer screening machines that aim to improve patient experience and provide earlier diagnosis.

Supplier diversity

44 per cent of the first tranche of contractors for the Government’s new public works framework are SMEs, demonstrating a diversity in the awarding of construction contracts. 

Bad week for

Rough sleeping

New statistics show that between July and September 2019, the number of new rough sleepers in London is 50 per cent higher than the same period last year. Imogen Farhan, Researcher at Reform, commented on these figures in The Big Issue and The Independent.


A new report from the Justice Committee argued that much of the prison estate is in “an appalling state of disrepair” and warns that safety, security and decency are often lacking.

Reform’s week

On Monday, Dr Joshua Pritchard, Senior Researcher, wrote an article for Public Finance on Reform’s recent research calling for a new regulatory body for outsourcing.

On Wednesday, Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Claudia Martinez, Research Manager, published work in collaboration with NHSX on the regulation of data-driven technologies in healthcare. They created a multitude of resources, such as videos, static maps and dynamic presentations, explaining the regulatory pipeline and highlighting the points of tension in the process. They also contributed a chapter in NHSX’s latest report on AI in healthcare.

On Thursday, Reform published two Fact Sheets on the public spending microsite. The first looked at the education estate and the second examined the payment models for procuring goods and services.

Also on Thursday, Charlotte Pickles, Director, spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live about the rise in prison violence and self-harm.

Also on Thursday, Imogen Farhan, Researcher, was quoted in The Big Issue and The Independent­ on the rise in rough sleepers in London.