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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.

Disability passport launched

The TUC and the GMB  launched a new disability passport to help disabled people who fall out of work or switch employers each year to get the support they need.

The TUC says "disabled people still face significant barriers to getting a job and staying in employment. We need all workplaces to be accessible, inclusive and without barriers that prevent equal participation of disabled people".

Napo questions Gauke's "vision" for a "smart" justice system

On Monday 18th, Justice Secretary, David Gauke, gave a speech setting out his vision for a "smart" justice system - which he said would reduce reoffending, protect the public and ensure serious criminals receive the punishment they deserve.

On sentencing the Minister said that the high rate of reoffending for those on sentences of less than 6 months showed that for them and wider society “prison simply isn’t working”.

Timely release of HMP Inspection report on Dorset, Devon and Cornwall CRC

HM Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey welcomed the government’s intervention following an inspection of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company. The CRC has been given an overall rating of ‘Inadequate’ – the lowest possible rating.  The publication of the inspection report is timely coming at the time when Working Links – which owns Dorset, Devon and Cornwall CRC –  announced it is going into administration.

Shadow Justice Secretary responds to Working Links news

Richard Burgon, Shadow Justice Secretary, said: "Our probation system is clearly broken. This is yet another public service severely damaged by Chris Grayling and the Conservatives' obsession with privatisation. We need a probation system that prioritises keeping the public safe rather than boosting the profits of private companies. Labour is fully committed to returning the probation system to the public sector.

Trade Union dismay over failed government contracts leaving staff and the public at risk

Working Links, who own 3 Community Rehabilitation Companies delivering probation services in Wales, Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, has gone into administration leaving uncertainty for staff and service users. Napo, who had repeatedly warned the Minister that the company was in dire straits, has been informed that the company will now go into administration leaving staff and service users unsure about the future.

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