Ian Lawrence's Blog

This week’s TUC in Brighton had a definite feel of renewed hope following the unexpected result of the General Election.

Two key issues were hot topics for debate. One was obviously the need to break the public sector pay cap (...Read more

15th Sep 2017

The Trade Union Congress gets underway in Brighton on Sunday and Napo has two keynote motions which will be up for debate on Tuesday morning. We always have two motions at the TUC and they always get carried; but I have been doing some work with...Read more

08th Sep 2017

As always I had a huge list of issues that I wanted to c...Read more

01st Sep 2017

Here is the media release that we are issuing shortly


Union claims Probation services in Gloucestershire are in crisis

The...Read more

31st Aug 2017

The news that we have picked up about the future prospects on pay from our trade union engagement meetings, and at what was the most depressing briefing session that I have attended in recent years with the MoJ Permanent Secretary, suggests a...Read more

25th Aug 2017

NPS members will be as concerned as Officers and Officials about the potential impact of the intended expansion of VISOR vetting as part of E3 phase 2. At the recent Trade Union Engagement Meeting the plan is for all CA, PSO, PO and SPO staff...Read more

18th Aug 2017

Hard on the heels of last week’s revelations that at least £22 Million has found its way into struggling CRC’s to see them through this financial year (and still we await news of Sodexo’s hand out), comes an eye watering report that £277 million...Read more

11th Aug 2017

In a week which again featured major disturbances in Prisons with any number...Read more

05th Aug 2017

The annual briefing with the MOJ Permanent Secretary Richard Heaton and his senior HMPPS...Read more

29th Jul 2017

I don’t suppose for one minute that any of our members will have been surprised to see the statements of intent from the Ministers with responsibility for probation that were issued on Wednesday evening.

Timing is always important but so...Read more

21st Jul 2017