Ian Lawrence's Blog

Yesterday's NNC meeting followed Thursdays encounter with the MoJ Permanent...Read more

18th Apr 2015

A frantic week. One truncated by a bank holiday and some leave which I have been trying to take for ages, during which I did a few radio interviews about the job cut announcements in the Sodexo owned CRC's.

I am posting this straight...Read more

10th Apr 2015

Following the discontinuation of the Judicial Review application last December, we wrote to all of the TR contractors pointing out the core elements of our evidence and that which the Secretary of State had offered as proof that he and his...Read more

01st Apr 2015

Earlier this week I issued Branch Circulars 24/2015 and 25/2015...Read more

27th Mar 2015

Don’t hold your collective breath but we are at last set to get around the table again over the now somewhat ancient 2014 pay claim.

Both Unison and ourselves are still in dispute over the shoddy response and the insulting delay which...Read more

20th Mar 2015

An unexpected, but as always, welcome opportunity to explain the important contribution that is made by our members to public protection, came in the form of Tuesday’s release of a report secured under the Freedom of Information Act. The subject...Read more

13th Mar 2015

It is well known that the wheels of power often move very slowly, but it was encouraging to see a response to a submission that Napo made to Margaret Hodge, the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee last year.

Margaret's reply is...Read more

06th Mar 2015

Attendees at this week’s £1700 a head ‘bun fest’ that according to the supporting literature, was organised by the MoJ on behalf of the UK Government to celebrate the origins of the rule of law, but which looked remarkably like a Tory party pre-...Read more

27th Feb 2015

A bit more news following the story I touched upon last Monday.  It’s about the dreadful shambles over the pay of some new NPS starters who have been told that the failure to get their records processed in time for the February pay run originally...Read more

20th Feb 2015

Reports are reaching us today that at least two CRC’s are in serious difficulty with their planning for the provision of the Governments flagship ‘Through the Gate’ support scheme (TTG).

Whilst none of us should really be surprised at this...Read more

16th Feb 2015