The first hundred daysAugust 2010
The change in government and the challenges posed by the economic and fiscal environment have unleashed a ferment of ideas and discussion. Reform, an independent and non-party think tank, wanted to bring together many of the people who matter in the first 100 days of the new Government to get a sense of where the Government is and, more importantly, to engage and discuss what to do on a number of fundamental questions.
Over three weeks in June and July Reform hosted conferences on welfare, education, the deficit and public services and health. Around 600 senior delegates, from across the UK and abroad, from politics, public service, business and the third sector, and representing all major political parties, listened to and debated the presentations of around 60 senior speakers and panellists. Key political speakers are listed opposite (in speaking order).
The events provided the chance to hear the views of a range of leading figures and organisations and, in turn, provided these people with the opportunity to receive questions directly from a range of delegates. Booklets containing short think pieces from speakers and other commentators were published with each of the four conferences. Presentations and question and answer sessions at each of the conferences were recorded.
This report contains copies of the agendas of each of the four conferences, the booklets that accompanied them and the transcripts of the discussions. To set the scene for this material this report first contains an assessment of the new Government’s first 100 days and a summary of the transcripts. This report will form part of Reform’s submission to the Government’s spending review.