The Week

The Week, 31 May 2019

Reformer of the Week

Sir John Bell, author of the Life Sciences and Industrial Strategy, for arguing that NHS trusts should exploit opportunities to work in partnership with the healthcare community. 

Reactionary of the Week

The Conservative leadership candidates, for a series of unfunded, unevidenced policy proposals.

Quote of the week

"[R]einvigorating FE is vital if we are to help all develop the skills they need to get on, and if we are truly to make a success of our modern industrial strategy."

The Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Good week for

High-earning students

Proposed tuition fee reductions would see high-earning graduates repaying less than at present, whilst low-earning graduates would repay more.

Reducing Reoffending

The Government has made it easier for prisoners to leave custody on a temporary license to find jobs when they are released.

Bad week for

Local authorities

A report this week has warned that the costs of providing social care threaten to overtake local authorities’ budgets.

The North

A Commission has warned that 55 per cent of the UK’s future job growth will be limited to London and the South-East of England.

Reform's Week

Next week Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, will speak at Reform’s conference: ‘Unlocking the Promise of Digital Health’.

Commenting on The Augar Review of post-18 education, Dr Luke Heselwood, Senior Researcher at Reform, was quoted in FE News:

"Slashing tuition fees is a red herring and the taxpayer will ultimately pay the cost. It will not result in better quality courses, improved access for disadvantaged students or stop students leaving university with large levels of debt. Universities need to stop pushing poor-quality courses and start delivering value for the money students pay.”