Probation Under Threat
The Ministry of Jusitce is pushing through its Transforming Rehabilitation plans to outsource 70% of the Probation Service's work by autumn 2014. Napo belives that the true motivation behind this is to drive down costs and an ideological commitment on the part of the government to the private sector being the preferred bidder as opposed to state run services.
If these plans proceed it will lead to fragmentation of the service, staff cuts (that is how the government will make its savings and the companies their profit) and will severly compromise public protection.
Napo is campaigning vigourously to defend the Probation Service from this threat.
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Download a campaign leaflet Public Protection Not Private Profit - A5 leaflet
The Do's and Don'ts of leafleting, public meetings, demonstrations etc. An Activist's Guide to Public Campaigning
Lobby your MP
Napo is urging ALL members whose MP is a Liberal Democrat to contact them urgently and before the start of the New Year if possible. The Offender Rehabilitation Bill ended its Committee Stage in the Commons on Tuesday 3rd December. The latest intelligence is that Report and Third Reading, which are the last stages in the Commons, will occur in the early New Year. The priority now is to lobby ALL 57 Liberal Democrat MPs between now and the commencement of the tendering process in the spring of 2014. This campaigning action is crucial.
Email your MP using the link below with the following request for a meeting:
I would be grateful if we could meet as a matter of urgency to discuss the Coalition’s plans for the future of the Probation Service. As you may be aware the government is planning to contract out up to two-thirds of the Probation Service’s work to the private sector. I and my trade union Napo have real concerns about the proposals, which we believe are being pushed through with unnecessary haste and in a way that could compromise public protection. We have many other concerns and I would be most grateful if we could meet within the next couple of weeks to discuss them.
Download a copy of a briefing to take with you
Sign the e-petition
One of the many ways in which Napo members, friends and family can help the campaign is to use the Government E -petition 'Do not privatise the Probation Service'. Using your private e-mail address, simply click on to:
and follow the simple instructions. Help us get to that magic 100,000 subscribers
Ask your MP to sign the new Early Day Motion. "That this House is deeply concerned by the Government's plans to outsource almost 70 per cent of the probation service in England and Wales, including the supervision of low to medium risk offenders, to private security firms such as G4S and Serco; notes the recent revelations regarding the competency of both security firms in the justice sector; further notes, with concern, the possible risks to public safety and the reputation of the service should it be outsourced which was highlighted by the Government in its restricted Ministry of Justice risk register; recognises that the probation service is at present meeting or exceeding all of its targets and has won the prestigious British Quality Foundation Award for Excellence; and calls on the Government to take into account the views of trade unions, charities and those who responded to the Transforming Rehabilitation consultation, most of whom voiced their overwhelming rejection of Government plans, and abandon proceeding with its privatisation agenda."
The following briefings can be downloaded to give to MPs.
Download the earlier issues of Probation Under Threat Campaign Bulletins below