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

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Reform media statement: Benefit cap should be kept but is too low, says think tank

Commenting benefit cap statistics published the Department for Work and Pensions today, Director of the Reform think tank, Charlotte Pickles, said:

“The benefit cap was rightly introduced to make the welfare state fairer – ensuring that those on benefits did not receive more than the average working family. But these figures show the cap has gone too far.

The double whammy of reducing the cap to £20,000 and freezing benefits is causing unacceptable hardship for the most vulnerable in society. The welfare system must be fair for taxpayers, but it must also reduce, not increase, poverty. If the Government wants to cut the welfare bill, they should look at the millions being handed to wealthy pensioners.”

Report coverage - 'Making the right choices: using data-driven technology to transform mental healthcare'

On Wednesday 3 July 2019, Reform launched its report, Making the right choices: using data-driven technology to transform mental healthcare

It has been mentioned by Use My Data, the King's Fund, NICE and on NHS resources including the current awareness service for child and adolescence mental health, Musgrove Park Hospital and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

 

Report coverage: Sharing the benefits: how to use data effectively in the public sector

On 16 August 2018, Reform published a report on the potential of data sharing to transform the delivery of public services. Media coverage included: The Telegraph, Public Technology, Civil Service WorldUK AuthorityThe RegisterOut-Law.comHolyroodGovernment EuropaSmart Cities World, GovLab and the Royal Society

The report was referenced by the Office for Statistics Regulation,the Better Care Fund and the Children's Commissioner.

The report was also referenced in a report on digital government by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. 

It also received international coverage including in Italy.

Reform statement: Invest in safety and scrap short sentences to improve prisons, says think tank

Commenting on statistics published today by the Ministry of Justice, Director of the Reform think tank Charlotte Pickles, said:

“These figures continue to show unacceptably high levels of violence and self-harm in our prisons.

Our new Prime Minister has presented himself as tough on crime. But the most effective way to cut crime is to reduce reoffending. That means investing in prison safety and rehabilitation to help offenders turn their lives around.

It also means keeping prison as a last resort. Reoffending costs society £18bn a year. It would be a grave and costly mistake to not proceed with David Gauke’s proposal to scrap short-term prison sentences, which exacerbate reoffending.”

This was covered in the Financial Times Public Finance and OZY.  

Public Finance, 22 July 2019

Josh Pritchard, Researcher at Reform, was quoted in an article by Public Finance about Labour's outsourcing proposals. He argued that Labour's proposed "insourcing revolution" is largely redundant and fails to address key concerns about job losses and cost effectiveness.

Read the full article here

Politics Live, 19 July 2019

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, appeared on Politics Live to discuss the latest policy news including No-Deal Brexit developments and apprenticeships.   

Reform media statement: More cops alone not the answer to trends highlighted in new crime statistics, says think tank

Commenting on the 8% increase in knife crime offences, Director of the Reform think tank Charlotte Pickles, said:

“The continuing rise in knife crime is tragic, but not surprising. Until politicians take seriously the need to invest in prevention alongside enforcement, more young people will continue to die on our cities’ streets.

Any increases in police numbers must be targeted and coupled with serious investment to tackle the lethal mix of poverty, school exclusion, poor mental health and drugs. It’s astonishing that both Tory leadership candidates think that pledging thousands more bobbies is enough.” 

Data also published today shows that fewer than one in 10 crimes result in a charge.

The think tank is calling for a portion of the resources being promised to the police by Tory leadership candidates to be spent on back-office support, analysts and bolstering digital forensics capabilities to improve outcomes. It argues that more officers should only be deployed to specific high crime areas.

Covered by BBC News, The Independent, The Mirror and The Express, among other publications. Charlotte was also quoted in the Financial Times and OXY's coverage of the statistics. 

Inside Housing, 17 July 2019

Reform Researcher Imogen Farhan wrote an op-ed for Inside Housing arguing that Discretionary Housing Payments are not a long-term solution to the housing crisis. Read it here

Reform announces James Palmer as new Chair of trustees

Reform is delighted to announce that James Palmer has been appointed as Chair of trustees, succeeding Stephen Hargrave.

James has been a trustee of Reform for several years. James is Chair and Senior Partner of the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. He also currently chairs the Legal Services Group of TheCityUK, the body representing UK financial and professional services, and is a member of TheCityUK's Advisory Board and Senior Brexit Steering Group. Throughout his career James has also been involved in working on public policy initiatives, including improving regulation, its effectiveness and policy outcomes.

The team and trustees would like to express their thanks to Stephen Hargrave for his tremendous commitment to Reform over 15 years.

James Palmer said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair of Reform's trustees. I am particularly looking forward to working with Charlie, who we appointed earlier this year as the Director of Reform, and with the rest of the team.

“I have long believed in Reform's mission of better and smarter public service outcomes, achieved through evidence-based independent research analysis and ideas. It is through this that Reform contributes to real improvements in people’s lives, and to honesty in debate about sustainable solutions. At a time when politics in the UK is particularly short-termist, Reform is superbly placed to have a positive impact on policy thinking and implementation.

 “I would like to thank Stephen Hargrave, my predecessor as Chair of the trustees, for his quiet and unsung contribution to Reform, from its earliest days. We are very grateful for his time and support.”