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01/02/2013
  Public vs Private - a message from Tom Rendon and Lisa Robinson, National Co-Chairs
The e-petition "Do not privatise the Probation Service" didn't come from Napo but, of course, we wholeheartedly endorse it and so do the 15,988 people who signed. We have seen that Gus Rankin (who?) has set up a rival petition called "Privatise the Probation Service" which has a grand total of 7 votes. Never mind Gus.

The consultation events have all been well attended by Napo members and reps and we are well underway in drafting our response to the consultation on "Transforming Rehabilitation". As we all know, introducing the profit motive and payment by results will skew accountability and impinge on decisions being made in the public interest. At the hugely successful MPs drop in session at the House of Commons, MPs who attended were horrified at the thought of Serco, G4S and the like running rehabilitation. Check out the Campaign Blog for more information.

We have it on good authority that the BBC documentary "Out of Jail and on the Streets" (BBC1 Tuesday 5th of February 2013 at 10:35pm) will focus on probation staff and portray us in a realistic light. At last! Hopefully a far cry from the drama "Public Enemies" which was a gruesome, if at times hilarious, master class in what not to do as an officer!

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