Probation privatisation has been a shambles and must end now, says UNISON

Time to return services to public control

Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee’s report into probation service reforms published today (Friday), UNISON’s national officer Ben Priestley said:

“The justice department was repeatedly warned that privatisation would be disastrous, putting public safety at risk, and this report bears that out.

“Not only has it predictably failed, but tackling the mess will waste almost half a billion pounds.

“This shambles must end now by returning probation to public control to keep communities safe and prevent any further disasters. It’s time for Chris Grayling to face his own justice as the architect of this fiasco.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, the probation service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

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