Renationalise failing privatised probation services, say unions

The government must bring failing privatised probation services back under public control instead of leaving the taxpayer to bail them out, UNISON, NAPO and GMB said today (Wednesday). The three public service unions have written to justice secretary David Lidington highlighting how ‘risky and controversial’ reforms – where private probation firms manage thousands of people who have […]

The life of Ryan

Ryan Jones helped a thirteen-year-old girl who was being bullied

Police cuts and crime in your area

Since the Conservatives came to power, both in coalition and after, the police service has been devastated by cuts

Policing is changing

We caught up with police and justice service group chair Caryl Nobbs to talk about the changes to policing and why she hopes police members vote in the terms and conditions ballot taking place in England and Wales

Violence and abuse top the agenda at Black members’ conference

Busy afternoon covers police brutality, domestic violence, abuse in daily life and much more

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New vision for policing strategy fails to deal with declining workforce, says UNISON

A ten-year strategy launched today (Wednesday) to transform policing does not address the serious decline in staff numbers, according to UNISON. Police Vision 2025, drawn up by police chiefs and commissioners, will fail unless the government pays for more officers to patrol the streets, says the union. Community policing has become much harder to carry […]

Delegates highlight danger of further privatisation in probation

The National Probation Service has proposed extending the use of private providers in approved premises

Policing on the cheap?

UNISON conference condemns replacing police staff with low-paid workers and unpaid volunteers

UNISON launches UK-wide campaign to celebrate public service champions

A UK-wide campaign aimed at reminding the public of the importance of public services –and those that provide them – is to be launched later today (Monday) in Liverpool. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis will launch the campaign – Public Service Champions – at a fringe at the Labour party conference. It invites people to […]

We must fight this Conservative assault on neighbourhood policing – Sadiq Khan

Labour’s candidate for mayor of London on the important role UNISON members have to play in the forthcoming elections

Police staff cuts and crime rises – the correlation is clear

For a government intent on slashing police spending, their chickens are coming home to roost. And with the Police and Crime Commissioner elections less than two months away, there has never been a more important time to talk about the real impact of police cuts.

Beat the bullies

As a UNISON survey reveals rampant bullying in the police service, Maureen Le Marinel explains how she got through her own ‘awful’ experience

Female police staff more likely to be bullied at work than male colleagues

More than two thirds (67 per cent) of female police staff say bullying is a problem at work, and almost three quarters (72 per cent) are not confident that their force will deal fairly with any complaints of bullying, according to a new UNISON survey released today (Friday). The survey of 1,000 police staff – to be […]

Police staff will be pleased with new powers, less so that volunteer colleagues will get the same

Extra powers for police staff that will help them be more effective in their jobs in the fight against crime are good news for local communities and bad news for criminals, says UNISON today (Wednesday). But while welcoming the Home Office announcement about new powers for police staff, UNISON has voiced concern over government plans […]

UNISON members are working flat out

As wind and rain batters the north of England I want to pay tribute to our members