Press coverage

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

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Conservative Home, 29 June 2017

After the publication of Reform's report, The future of public services: digital borders, Maisie Borrows wrote an article in Conservative Home on why a digital border would be a major boost to security and trade.

"The Chancellor is right to look to new technology to upgrade the UK’s border. Not only could this better facilitate trade and tourism in an ultra-competitive world, but it would improve security too. Ministers should see Brexit as the perfect opportunity to do this – for the UK’s benefit both during the negotiations, and beyond."  

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Public Finance, 27 June 2017

Danail Vasilev, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article in Public Finance on why pre-funded care is an attractive solution to address the problem of the UK's ageing population. He argued that having a pre-funded funding model for social care would be better than the current pay-as-you-go system in the long-term. The benefits are twofold: it would be more cost-effective and fairer to young generations. In the short-term, whilst funds were being built up, funding for social care could be achieved through scrapping the winter fuel allowance, the triple lock and by tapping into the housing wealth of older people. "Bold, radical reform such as this can ensure better social care for generations to come."

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The Times Red Box, 27 June 2017

Andrew Haldenby, Director, wrote an article for The Times Red Box on why reforming how the UK pays for social care is the "most urgent question facing the Welfare State". He argued that there are many options available but that introducing compulsory insurance, which working-age people and their employers would pay into, would build up funds to pay for future social care costs. In the short-term, as funds are being built up, funding towards social care could be gained by scrapping the triple lock and the winter fuel allowance.

"How to fund social care is now the most urgent question facing the Welfare State. After the Election debacle, for Theresa May to lead the country towards a new solution would be a superb achievement."  

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Media coverage: Social care report

Reform published a report on Social care: a prefunded solution on Tuesday 27 June 2017. Coverage included The Times Red Box, Public Finance, The Sun, Local Government Association, Local Government Chronicle, WN, AOL News and FT Adviser. 

Sky News, 23 June 2017

Andrew Haldenby, Director at Reform, appeared on Sky News to discuss how police can increase efficiency.     

Think Digital Partners, 22 June 2017

Eleonora Harwich, Researcher, authored a blog on biases in data, how these emerge and the negative impact of using algorithms based on such information as decision support tools.

"It’s because of the ubiquity of algorithms and AI in our daily lives that we should not become lazy and blindly or naively think that we should delegate all tasks to them. We need to be very aware of the limitations of the data we feed into these decision-support tools."  

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Schools Week, 21 June 2017

Louis Coiffait, Head of Education at Reform, contributed to an article in Schools Week encouraging leaders of stand-alone schools to work with others more.

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Education Executive, 16 June 2017

Louis Coiffait, Head of Education at Reform, wrote an article in Education Executive on issues schools should consider if they are considering becoming academies. Schools should take into account their individual circumstances when weighing up whether joining an academy is the right decision for them. Making sure schools don't remain isolated is important, and there are many other partnership models available.

"If nothing else, one silver lining of a minority government is that it could be an opportunity for political parties to focus on working together in addressing the priority issues that really matter. In that situation what could be more important than unlocking the untapped potential within our currently divided school system?"  

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Mak Chishty speech: media

On 13 June 2017, Reform hosted a major speech by Makhdum Ali Chishty QPM on 'The challenge of policing violent extremism'. Mr Chishty recently retired as Commander of Engagement from the Metropolitan Police after 31 years’ police service. Coverage of the event included The Telegraph, The Yorkshire Post, The Times Red Box, Evening Standard, BBC News and BBC Radio 4.