Win! Napo celebrates as probation services returned to public sector
Napo is celebrating a major campaign victory as Justice Secretary David Gauke today announces 80% of probation services will be returned to public ownership.
In 2014, the then Secretary of State, Chris Grayling, privatised 80% of probation services under his ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ (TR) agenda. Eight organisations acquired 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) contracts, which have been subject to a plethora of highly critical reports by Dame Glenys Stacey Chief Inspector of Probation.
These reports, alongside the findings from the Justice Select and Public Accounts Committees, have repeatedly raised concerns about public safety, the quality of service being delivered and the ability of private sector providers to make a real difference to reoffending rates. In February this year three Working Links CRC contracts went into administration leaving debts of over £1.2 million to third sector contractors for which the MoJ has been directed to make reparation.
Napo general secretary Ian Lawrence said: “Since these s0-called reforms were first outlined Napo has raised serious concerns about this untested social experiment. The government went ahead and implemented a model that had been criticised across the board for being unfit for purpose. Our members predicted that the TR model was doomed to fail from the outset. We are pleased that this Minister has chosen to heed our concerns, examine the need for a different approach and take action.
“We are obviously disappointed that there is an intention for some probation work to remain in the private sector. Napo will continue to campaign to ensure that all of these services and our members who provide them, are eventually transferred back into the public sector and that we will step up our efforts to secure pay parity for all Probation staff. This victory has not given us all that we want and while this news will be welcomed by Napo members and other stakeholders, the campaign for public ownership is not over yet.”
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