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
Ian Lawrence's Blog
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
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
The first week of the new order did not get off to a particularly auspicious start. Firstly the expected (but not surprisingly delayed) resignation of Paul McDowell former HM Inspector Probation, which followed the Sodexo conflict of interest...Read more
TV and media appearances are part and parcel of a General Secretary's job spec. Departing at 6:00am on a freezing snow bound Sunday morning from Kent to Broadcasting House for my appointment with Breakfast TV, a round trip of nearly three hours (...Read more
Somewhat predictably the lead in to the final day of Probation under public ownership has been marred by further chaos and confusion. This time its not about the operational situation which sees little sign of getting better, but the thorny...Read more
A hugely testing week for us as usual but one that has caused us to put considerable pressure on MOJ/NOMS about the introduction of the Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, which is a feature of the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014.
Just before the festive break (which I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy) I made mention of our intention to hold the MoJ to account over the ongoing safety and operational issues that have featured large in our campaign against the TR share...Read more