Press coverage

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

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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?"  

Read the full article here.

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. 

Public Finance, 9 June 2017

Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher at Reform, writes in Public Finance following the general election result. In light of the unexpected election result, he argued that all parties should work together on issues they agree on. That won't be the case on the NHS, where the two largest parties stood on very different policies. But on other issues including digital infrastructure, building new homes and investing in employment-services programmes, there could be real opportunity for cross-party reform. The government should take it.

"With the difficulty of negotiating Brexit with a minority government, the government would be right to be pragmatic. But today’s dodged reforms will be more pressing for the next government. May must try to address these where possible. If there is ever a time for all parties to work to serve the country, this is it."  

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Public Finance, 19 April 2017

Charlotte Pickles, Deputy Director and Head of Research, wrote an article in Public Finance following the announcement of a general election to be held on 8 June 2017. She argued that, although the election campaign will be heavily focused on Brexit, there is an "urgent need" for domestic reform and each party manifesto must present a vision that addresses key public service issues in welfare, social care and the NHS, amongst others.

"Tackling head-on the third rails of public service reform is essential not just in protecting those services for future generations, but also in enabling an economically stable, competitive post-Brexit Britain."

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Pharmafocus, 3 April 2017

Eleonora Harwich, Researcher, and Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher, at Reform, wrote an article in Pharmafocus about Big Data in healthcare. They discuss the increasing importance of big data in the future of the healthcare industry and how its use could benefit patients and industry alike.

"The government needs to create the framework to support manufacturers to exploit these opportunities safely and for the patients' benefit - then big data might work for us all".  

Read the full article here.