Probation return to public control is welcome but must be administered locally, says UNISON

Grayling’s botched reforms have finally been abandoned

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

Time to return services to public control

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Chief inspector’s report ‘final nail in coffin of probation privatisation’

UNISON calls for probation to be brought back into public sector as a reunified and locally run service

Interserve contracts must be bought back in-house, says UNISON

Firm’s collapse another example of catastrophic failures of privatisation

Fix probation flaws by returning services to public ownership, says UNISON

NAO report shows failures of privatised probation contracts

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Tell David Gauke to make probation public again

UNISON backs petition launched by We Own It for probation services in England and Wales to be brought back in house

Government must end private contracts before it’s too late, say probation unions

Monday 25 February 2019 For immediate release Government must end private contracts before it’s too late, say probation unions Unions have urged the Justice Secretary to end the failed system of privatised probation contracts and bring them back into public ownership before there is ‘drastic and irreversible damage’ to the service. In a joint letter […]

Bring probation contracts back into public control to avoid further disaster

The government must immediately step in to bring these collapsed services back in-house

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It’s time to bring probation back as a public service, government told

Probation Alliance, including UNISON, writes to justice secretary David Gauke

Conference highlights ‘failure’ of probation privatisation

UNISON’s police and justice sector heard of the many problems caused by privatisation in the justice sector at their national conference.

Probation rescue plans will be disastrous

This is the last chance saloon for the probation service and rescue plans proposed by the MoJ just don’t cut the mustard.

‘Lacklustre’ probation rescue plan will fail, says UNISON

Commenting on Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service’s (HMPPS) rescue plan for probation announced today (Friday), UNISON national officer for probation Ben Priestley said: “These lacklustre proposals are half-hearted and ill-thought-out. “Last month the Justice Select Committee laid bare the failings of the government’s probation reforms. This rescue plan is just more of the same. Probation will […]

Probation service is not fit for purpose

Commenting on the report Transforming Rehabilitation published today (Friday) by the Justice Select Committee, UNISON national officer for probation Ben Priestley said: “This shows the government’s probation reforms have failed and must be replaced. “Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service has shown itself to be totally unfit to be in charge. It’s not only failing […]

UNISON and Napo probation workers in day of protest over pay

Ministers bailed out the failing privatised companies to the tune of £342m. Yet they can’t find a penny to increase pay for probation staff.

Privatising overnight supervision in probation hostels risks public safety

With this dangerous experiment, ministers are gambling with public safety