The Week

The Week, 22 February 2019

Reformer of the week

The Cabinet Office

For introducing a new outsourcing Playbook which aims to make significant improvements in how central government delivers public services, including increased scrutiny of the risks when moving services out to private providers.

Quotes of the week

“Our new measures will improve how the government works with industry and provide better public services for people across the country.”

Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Implementation), announcing the launch of the new outsourcing Playbook on Wednesday.

“Why would we spend taxpayers’ money doing what we know doesn’t work, and indeed, that makes us less safe? We shouldn’t.”

Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, speaking on prison sentences for Reform on Monday.

Good week for

Wellbeing of NHS staff

Health Education England recommended in a report published on Wednesday that greater attention should be paid to the mental health and wellbeing of NHS staff as any improvements could significantly improve staff retention and reduce sickness rates.

Interactive learning

Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, announced plans this week for children from disadvantaged families to be given free access to selected educational apps for smart phones and tablets to aid in early-childhood development.

Bad week for

Short-term prison sentences

The Rt Hon David Gauke MP gave a speech for Reform in which he called for an end to short prison sentences and a smarter approach to managing offenders.

Homeless Patients

An investigation by The Guardian this week revealed a sevenfold increase since 2008 in the number of hospital visits from homeless people suffering from preventable illnesses like pneumonia and hepatitis C.

Reform’s Week

The Rt Hon David Gauke MP gave a speech for Reform in which he called for an end to short prison sentences. Media coverage included the Evening Standard, Financial Times, Sky News, The Telegraph, The Express, The Independent, The Times, Metro, The Sun, Daily Mail, the BBC, The Guardian and The Week.

Reform’s report “Making NHS data work for everyone” was cited in the updated NHS Code of conduct for data-driven health and care technology.

Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, had an article published in Conservative Home on maintaining standards in education. Luke Heselwood, Senior Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for HE at Research Professional discussing university access for disadvantaged students.

Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, called for action on adult social care funding in a blog on Thursday.