Ian Lawrence's Blog

Workload pressures and the unreasonable expectations that accompany them are the bane of everyone’s lives. Sadly they cannot just be wished away and stuffing cases in cupboards or a desk drawer doesn’t solve the problem either. Since the...Read more

17th Feb 2017
So, our well informed speculation about the new HM Prisons and Probation Service agency (HMPPS) has become fact, following this weeks announcement by the Secretary of State that NOMS will cease to be known by...Read more
10th Feb 2017

More often than not, beleaguered Government Ministers are regularly asked to do the exact opposite. It's an occupational hazard for anyone in charge of anything of course, but heading up one of the most powerful departments of state brings big...Read more

03rd Feb 2017

The team here at Falcon Road have been busier than normal this week with briefings for activists and members on issues such as our campaign to defend collective bargaining and the launch of our new workloads initiative with supporting material...Read more

27th Jan 2017

‘What’s Napo doing about it?’

It’s about the most repeated, and certainly not unreasonable, question that you and the team here at Falcon Road hear from members. Given the daily challenges that you face at the workplace, be it as a result...Read more

20th Jan 2017

As many of you will be aware, the new Civil Service Attendance Management Policy was implemented by NOMS into the NPS on 5th January 2017.

It seems that the implementation of this policy, despite the failure to agree it with Napo and...Read more
13th Jan 2017

Welcome back for the start of a year that surely can be no worse than the last in terms of social discord, incredible turn ups for the political book, and further reductions in the living standards of millions of working people.

In terms...Read more

04th Jan 2017

We issued information to all probation members last week and this is a reminder to check your preferred mail boxes and ensure that you respond to the indicative questions that will appear before you with a firm  ‘Yes’ vote.

Please also...Read more

23rd Dec 2016

‘It couldn’t get any worse as these things go.’ That was my opening line in the full and frank meeting yesterday between the trade unions, MTC Novo and the Director of Probation.

It was an honest exchange of views where the unions heard...Read more

16th Dec 2016

Press Statement 

14 December 2016. Embargoed: 00.05 15 December 2016

HMIP London – Damning report of probation services in London says public are more at risk due to poor management by the...Read more

15th Dec 2016