Press coverage

Find coverage in the press of Reform's latest work below. 

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Reform responds to furlough extension announcement

Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement that furlough will be extended to March 2021, Charlotte Pickles, Director, Reform think tank, said:

“The extension of full furlough will provide welcome relief to those businesses and individuals facing a very difficult Winter.

“This will not, however, be sufficient to save jobs if the Government continues to resort to the blunt tool of lockdowns after December 2nd.

“It is essential that the next four weeks are used to fix NHS Test and Trace, which today reported its lowest ever performance statistics. Without this, a cycle of lockdown, release and repeat will drive even greater economic damage.”

Charlotte's commentary was covered by The Sun

Report coverage: Tools for transforming lives

On 30 October, Reform published 'Tools for transforming lives: using technology to reduce reoffending'. 

Report author, Aidan Shilson-Thomas, wrote for Public Technology to mark the report launch. Read it here

Report coverage - A force for change: policing after the pandemic

Published on Thursday 29 October, this Reform Perspectives was covered exclusively by The Times and Today Programme

Conservative Home, 18 October

To coincide with the launch our Reform's report, 'Resilient public services in an age of cyber threats', Director of Research, Eleonora Harwich, wrote for Conservative Home on what needs to be done to bolster our cyber security. 

Read here

Report coverage: Resilient public services in an age of cyber threats

On 15 October, Reform published 'Resilient public services in an age of cyber threats'. 

The report was covered on: Computer Weekly, DIGIT and UK Authority

33% jump in number waiting 52 weeks for treatment is unacceptable, says think tank  

Responding to NHS statistics on the growing backlog of care, Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research, Reform think tank, said: 

“The number of patients waiting for more than 52 weeks for treatment jumped 33 per cent between July-August. This means that an extra 28,000 individuals face future ill health or disabilities, due to delays in their treatment. This is unacceptable and requires urgent attention. 

“While some progress is being made on median waiting times, at 54% the NHS is well under its target of 92% of patients starting treatment within 18 weeks.  

“A pragmatic approach to this capacity issue is now urgently needed. Local health teams need to lead the response by reorganising resources and creating specialist centres to deal with particular procedures, repurposing Nightingale facilities, and extending contracts with private providers.”  

Politics Live, 5 October

Reform Director, Charlotte Pickles, appeared on BBC Politics Live. 

Watch it back here

Reform think tank responds to the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan      

Serious risk that new jobs plan won’t work, says think tank

Responding to Chancellor’s statement, Aidan Shilson-Thomas, Senior Researcher, Reform think tank, said:

“The Government’s new scheme is rightly trying to prevent a looming jobs bloodbath without propping up zombie jobs. It is not clear they have found that balance.

“This follow up to furlough has an in-built disincentive for employers, unlike the schemes in Germany and France where the State alone covers the costs of hours not worked. Why would an employer, struggling to stay afloat and uncertain when the economic tide will change, pay this additional cost? Many may opt for simply reducing workers’ hours without top up or proceeding with redundancy.

“Particularly worrying, the Chancellor does not seem to have allocated any further funding for retraining and upskilling, despite the fact that unemployment looks set to keep rising. This is a black hole in the Government’s thinking.”

BBC News, 11 August 2020

Charlotte Pickles was interviewed by BBC News on the latest labour market update from the ONS. 

Charlotte made the case for extending the furlough scheme beyond October 31, arguing that the financial costs represent good value for money and would stave off costly economic ramifications. 

Watch it back here