Work and Pensions

Profound demographic change and the transformation of welfare will underpin the domestic public policy debate for decades.

Reform brings considerable expertise and insight into these critical areas, currently administered by the UK’s largest public service department with around 19 million claimants and customers. Understanding these important public policy drivers will play a key role when addressing public service reform in health, care, housing, income and for intergenerational fairness issues.


18th July 2017

Gainful gigging: employment services for the platform economy

Growth in digital access and literacy and the emergence of online labour platforms have made it much easier and cheaper for individuals to negotiate short-term employment agreements.

This has encouraged a growing number of people to take up flexible freelance projects or ‘gigs’ via online platforms. Such platforms have expanded rapidly in recent years, and growth trends suggest this is likely to continue.



BBC Newcastle, 9 November 2018

Luke Heselwood, Researcher at Reform, appeared on BBC Newcastle radio to discuss homelessness. He argued that local authorities must tackle the root causes of homelessness. Responding to claims that local authorities are under increasing pressure to assist households at risk of homelessness, Luke argued that by tackling the root causes, it will help to alleviate these pressures in the long-term.