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
Ian Lawrence's Blog
Our introductory meeting on Tuesday with Liz Truss the new Secretary of State for Justice and Sam Gyimah, the Probations and Prisons Minister, turned out to be a very positive exchange. Despite a tight timescale, the probation unions offered a...Read more
In terms of political frenzy it’s been pretty much more of the same whilst I was away on a short break.
My long time prediction here at Chivalry Road that Theresa May would see off all ‘would be’ Prime ministers proved correct, and as a...Read more
The end of another adrenalin fuelled week where I have traversed a good portion of England engaging with members, employers and probation stakeholders.
First off was a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) into the National Audit...Read more
If last weeks post-Brexit vote developments represented a political earthquake, then the aftershocks have followed in huge waves over the ensuing days.
There is too much going on to even start to offer any rational commentary on the...Read more
“See EU later David”, is about the only bit of humour that I can muster this morning after what is probably
Hatred is the real enemy
In a week that started with another mass killing in the USA linked to homophobia, and which included another series of indiscriminate bomb attacks in Turkey and, yesterday, the dreadful murder of...Read more
NOMS launch a Probation System Review
In previous postings I have highlighted the key findings of independent reports into probation by the National Audit Office, The Cabinet Office (Through the Gate) and latterly, the new...Read more
There is rarely a better time to construct a reflective blog posting than after having had the pleasure of addressing members at a branch general meeting.