The Government plan to privatise probation services.
Thirteen Labour Police & Crime Commissioners from across England and Wales have written a joint letter to the Secretary of State condemning the privatisation of probation services.
The PCCs have a democratic mandate collectively representing policing services and community safety for around 18.6 million people covering Cleveland, Durham, Northumbria, Lancashire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, West Midlands, Bedfordshire and South Wales. Many non-Labour PCCs also share similar concerns.
The three North East PCCs, Barry Coppinger, Vera Baird and Ron Hogg, have opposed the Government’s proposals, both through the consultation process and via public statements.
Within Cleveland, PCC Barry Coppinger, together with local housing providers and other agencies, co-ordinated through Safe in Tees Valley, is supporting proposals for the establishment of a local community interest company to bid for the delivery of probation services in Durham-Tees Valley, should this prove necessary, to seek to retain local ownership of service delivery if the Government’s proposals continue.
The joint letter, sent to the Secretary of State, outlines various concerns regarding the probation privatisation proposals (including the loss of good practice, fragmentation of services, risks around offender supervision and pace of change) and requests to halt the process.
Barry Coppinger has forwarded copies of this letter to the 4 Cleveland Local Council Leaders and Unison for their information.
Click here to read the 13 PCCs’ letter surrounding the privatisation of Probation Services.
Posted on Wednesday 30th October 2013