Last week’s mailout gave the basic demands we are making in relation to the NPS workplaces for hygiene and PPE. Over recent weeks our Officials have been working with reps to ensure that CRC exceptional delivery plans include appropriate protections for members. PPE is only recommended by Public Health England where social distancing cannot be properly achieved as social distancing measures are the most effective way of preventing spread of the virus. In some circumstances PPE may be the only way to effectively carry on the work of the CRC where circumstances prevent social distancing but this must be the last resort after consideration of closing workplaces and remote working. Our demands for workplaces are:
Napo General Secretary Ian Lawrence and National Chair Katie Lomas were invited to give Oral evidence to the Justice Select Committee (JSC) in a historic first ever session conducted entirely by video link.
The JSC was specially convened to allow a range of witnesses to update them on how the current C19 Pandemic is impacting on their specific role. Other witnesses appearing before the Committee were Justin Russell HMIP Probation, Dr Jo Farrar CEO for HMPPS and Director General Probation, Amy Rees. The Committee also heard from Mark Johnson CEO and Helen Beresford Director of External Engagement for NACRO, and finally, the Justice Minister Lucy Frazer.
The full Transcripts will be published on the Napo Website in due course but in the meantime you can read a summary of the responses to the questions that were asked of Ian and Katie here.