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Secretary of State tells JSC he is "considering all options" on Probation

David Gauke, Secretary of State, in a speech to the JSC explained that there is a further delay to publicising the response to the consultation and he is now considering all options with regards to the future including the boundary between public and private providers. This follows heavy lobbying by Napo both directly and via the various parliamentary committees with an interest in this.

Time to hammer home Napo's call for a reunified probation service

Napo’s campaign to reunite the Probation Service continues to receive validation. The collapse of Working Links and now Interserve would cause any sane government to doubt the wisdom of continuing to outsource probation services to private companies. Nearly all of the seven CRC owners have experienced severe problems making their contracts work and as a result have received bail out after bail out from the MoJ.

More evidence needed to prove technology leads to better probation supervision

The growing use of technology to supervise individuals on probation offers no conclusive benefits, according to new research published by HM Inspectorate of Probation. The research did not find evidence to suggest remote supervision leads to better outcomes.

More than 250,000 people are under probation supervision across England and Wales. Typically, probation officers supervise individuals through regular face-to-face meetings. Some Community Rehabilitation Companies – who are responsible for supervising low and medium-risk offenders – have turned to technology instead.

Trade unions to join global stand against racism on 16 March

The TUC confirmed this week that General Secretary Frances O’Grady will speak at the Stand Up to Racism march and rally in London on Saturday 16 March 2019.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of London, Cardiff and Glasgow to join the Stand Up to Racism marches, which will all assemble at 12noon.

HMPPS give WiN conference attendees facility time

Good news just in. HMPPS has exceptionally agreed to provide one day’s facility time for members from each Division to attend The Women in Napo Conference on Friday 5th April. Employee relations have written to Divisional Directors asking them to also look favourably on requests for annual leave/time off in lieu to travel on the 4th if requested, and also on enabling their attendance at Conference.


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