A packed house at the REFORM Think Tank event yesterday in Westminster, who hosted a keynote speech by the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor David Lidington.
It was of some concern to see the unwelcome developments around the intention of CAFCASS senior management to unilaterally impose further changes to the workload weighting scheme. The section negotiators were not originally consulted about these changes and quickly indicated that they certainly did not support them. I am reliably informed that they would have done nothing to improve the measure of workloads and appeared to be solely designed to shift staff from higher weighting bands to lower ones.
We have been reporting on the farcical engagement we have been having recently with senior NPS leaders on 2017 pay and we were visited at this week’s TU engagement meeting by Martin Beacroft the HMPPS HR lead. Martin came to tell us that our conclusion that all of the 2017 NPS pay remit had not been spent was ‘well on the money’ so to speak.
It’s late on a Friday and I have still to do some work in advance of a full day’s business in Cornwall on Monday speaking with Napo members and meeting the local Police and Crime Commissioners.
I will shortly be issuing another statement to NPS members describing the shambolic state of affairs in relation to that generous zero pay offer from the NPS that I wrote out about in last week’s mail out.
The General Secretary has had news of a family bereavement and has had to leave duty early today.
Meanwhile Ian has asked that his speech to this Morning's Napo the Forum conference be published instead of his normal Blog posting.
Just when you thought the probation crisis had reached a nadir comes news that two CRC owners have decided to make further cuts to staffing in a desperate attempt they tell us to keep their front line operations afloat.
Another intensive and highly absorbing week, which included attendance at two high profile conferences where academics, practitioners, service users, politicians, inspectors and Napo provided a critique of the current situation in probation and what could be done to start dealing with the myriad problems that everyone, except Ministers and Michael Spurr, acknowledge are urgent and immediate.
We have had some excellent feedback from member’s, associate and retired members and outside allies to last week’s BBC Panorama programme. Whilst there were a couple of grumbles the key questions that have come in were around what happens next?
The social media activity that followed this weeks Panorama expose into the state of the Probation service shows that the issues highlighted in the programme are attracting an increasingly wider and very concerned audience.
Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who made their way to Nottingham last week for a hugely successful Annual General Meeting. By now, all attendees should have received a survey asking for your feedback on the way in which conference was conducted, the timetable of events and, the without doubt, excellent East Midlands Conference Centre.