This weekend, the Observer reported that serious further offences have risen by a staggering 50% since Grayling got his hands on the probation service.
SFOs increased from 409 in the year before the 2014 reforms to 627 in the 12 months up to last April.
Following a spate of suspensions of staff in premises across the North West NPS Division in connection with a new policy on the handling of medication, Dean Rogers and myself went to see Sonia Crozier last week. Here we expressed our serious concerns at the apparent inconsistency and confusion surrounding the introduction of the policy and the lack of progress in talks between divisional union reps and management. As so often is the case our manager members are also being put under pressure along with everyone else, and this situation needs sorting.