Napo is exploring how we can amplify the professional voice of probation and family court professionals and grab the opportunity to shape the future structure and direction of our services.
Napo, Unison and GMB/SCOOP have formally registered a dispute with KSS CRC over pay.
The genesis of the dispute is around the sub-standard nature of an intended general pay award and what we see as a failure by the employer to properly address pay parity issues across the two regions of the KSS CRC West (Former Working Links areas) and East (original Kent, Surrey and Sussex areas). Additionally we have said that the employer has not conducted itself within the terms of the relevant national collective bargaining agreements.
Napo members have been contacting HQ worried after receiving demands from NPS payroll for historic overpayments to be returned.
These overpayments range from a few hundred to several thousand pounds and date as far back as the creation of the NPS in 2014.
The justice select committee will be calling on justice minister Robert Buckland to appear in the hot seat on Wednesday.
The minister will be tasked with answering questions on the government’s response to the JSC report and changes to the probation model recently announced.
Amy Rees, Jim Barton, and Sonia Crozier will also face questioning.
Napo HQ is pleased to be sending out the first wave of recruitment rewards to members who encouraged colleagues to sign up to the union.
But there is still time to let us know you have done the same, or to get recruiting if you haven't already done so.
Return this form (which also includes the scheme's T&Cs) to us ASAP to claim your reward.
Napo members and all who have followed the story of the destruction of the probation service were in celebratory mood last week after the government announced plans to abondon its failed model.
While there is still some way to go, most would agree that this is a step in the right direction.
The campaign has been a long and tough one; and one that could not have been fought without members' dogged determination to have the service restored to its former glory.
In July last year, the MoJ launched its Strengthening Probation, Building Confidence consultation after announcing plans to terminate and retender the CRC contracts earlier than expected.
Last week, the MoJ published its response to the consultation.
The Probation service is a mess. The reforms brought in under the guise of Transforming Rehabilitation have taken a formerly award winning service and destroyed it. So much has been reported about the failings in the system and we wanted to offer a practitioner’s vision for a repaired and rebuilt probation service.
Reunification is key
Back before the government’s woeful justice reforms, probation trusts were able to develop local links with businesses, the community and had knowledge of the area and people living there.
It’s fair to say that Transforming Rehabilitation has had an adverse – dangerous even – impact on the ability of probation staff to manage the risk of their clients and keep the public safe.
Before the service was butchered, categorising clients either high, medium or low risk meant workload could be shared, there were ample opportunities for staff development, and most importantly, cases could be easily escalated to a more experienced officer if anything changed.