Ian Lawrence's Blog

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

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

06th Feb 2015

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

02nd Feb 2015

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

30th Jan 2015

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.

This,...Read more

23rd Jan 2015

A hugely diverse week in terms of activities and meetings draws to a close. Hopefully you will have seen the latest Napo Pay Briefing issued to Branches on Monday: https://www.napo.org...Read more

16th Jan 2015

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

07th Jan 2015