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Napo's response to Transforming Rehabilitation Consultation

Please find below link to national Napo’s response to the Government announcement made on 9th January which was submitted yesterday. Napo remains firmly opposed to these overwhelmingly detrimental proposals, which would result in up to 70% of Probation Service core work and thousands of your jobs, put into the hands of private sector and other suppliers by spring 2015.

As you will see Napo has provided a comprehensive response which reflects Napo’s commitment to the continuation of properly funded and professional public sector Probation Service which promotes best practice. We are also preparing an executive summary which we will issue shortly.

As you would expect, Napo has told the Government that we welcome the plans for intervention and support for assisting the under-12 month custodial community, but we have expressed a range of concerns and opposition about the impact of competition in relation to public protection, rehabilitation, risk assessment and staffing.

On behalf of the Officers and Officials I want to express thanks to those individual members and branches that provided their comments and views to Chivalry Road in response to the Transforming Rehabilitation proposals.

Next steps

The Government has indicated that it will announce its response to the consultation exercise around May. Napo’s campaigning work so far has made it clear that we are vehemently opposed to privatisation across the Probation Service, and we have been lobbying our many supporters in the House of Lords and contacting MPs. We are also communicating our concerns about the review and the implications of the Crime and Courts Bill currently at the Committee Stage in the House of Lords.

Napo is also in talks with the other unions with members working in the Criminal Justice Sector to explore joint campaigning strategies and the possibilities for co-ordinated industrial action should this become necessary.

Meanwhile I would be grateful if you would make early arrangements to share the attached response with members. It is vital that we continue to build the campaign to ensure the future of a publicly provided Probation Service.

More information about the campaign and access to supporting material is available via the Napo website (see campaign blog ). Further advice on campaigning activity will also follow regularly as Napo steps up its resistance to this damaging and ideological attack on the Probation Service and our members’ jobs.

If there are any queries arising from this Circular then please direct them in the first instance, to your link National Official.

Yours sincerely

Ian Lawrence
Acting General Secretary

Napo response to Transforming Rehabilitation Consultation (PDF format)

Napo response to Transforming Rehabilitation Consultation (word format)