Yet another sign that Parliament is showing serious interest in the shambolic state of the probation landscape arrived yesterday. The Justice Select Committee (JSC) have sent me a personal invitation to speak to them on November 1st on the...Read more
Ian Lawrence's Blog
Your new Officers Group convene next week alongside Napo Officials for our first meeting after what was by anyone’s standards, an absolutely fabulous Annual General Meeting in Cardiff.
Given that there will be a detailed report to members...Read more
How timely, just ahead of our AGM, come two damning reports. The first by HMI Probation into the performance of private provider RRP in Derbyshire and the second, from the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee into what they describe as the...Read more
I hope that followers on Twitter noticed the regular snippets about proceedings that Yvonne Pattison and I sent out over the course of the Trade Union Congress in Brighton this week. If you didn’t see them then let me tell you that Napo played a...Read more
There will not have been anyone (except perhaps the architects of the E3 programme) who was not hoping that the outcome of the three appealed jobs (AP Manager, AP Residential Worker and Victim Liaison Officer) that were the subject of fresh...Read more
It’s very clear that a number of CRC owners are having some difficulty with NOMS over the impact of the Weighted Annualised Volumes (WAVS). This is the measure which shows the actual numbers of clients on the CRC's books (which NOMS says are...Read more
As all our members in probation will know only too well, Transforming Rehabilitation resulted in many changes for individuals. One such example was that the arrangements that sessional workers had with the former Probation Trusts came to an end...Read more
Some time ago NOMS, and a number of CRC employers, signalled their wish to reform the current National Negotiating Council (NNC) and Standing Committee for Chief Officer Grades (SCCOG) machinery.
Napo’s Probation Negotiating Committee and...Read more
Just how seriously we have been taking our work in the ongoing discussions between NOMS And the trade unions on the appealed E3 Job evaluations has been demonstrated by the sheer effort and staying power of all those involved in the long pre-...Read more
A 30 minute break from what is as I expected, a testing but extremely thorough E3 Job Evaluation meeting with senior NOMS management, gives me an opportunity to bury any notion that Napo has entered the appeal mechanism having already decided...Read more