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Probation: keep it public and local

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STOP THE PROBATION SELL OFF

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………………………………….MP                                                              Your Address here

House of Commons

London

SW1A 0AA

 

Date…………………….

 

Dear……………………..

Keep Probation Public – Keep Probation Local

I live in your constituency. I am writing to express my fears over the Government’s plans for the future of the Probation Service, as set out in its strategy paper ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’.

The Government wants to split the Probation Service into a small national probation agency and 21 government-owned companies; sell off the companies to the private sector; pay for the contracts via an untried payment by results model; abolish the existing 35 local Probation Trusts and prevent the Trusts from competing with the private sector to run the services they have run for the last 105 years.

Probation is a local service and gains its strength from its links with local authorities, police forces and the community and voluntary sector. The Government wants to break apart these successful local partnerships and replace them with a top-down bureaucratic national commissioning model. The Justice Secretary has prohibited Probation Trusts from bidding to run the very work that my colleagues and I currently provide!

I am pleased that the Government’s Offender Rehabilitation Bill was amended in the House of Lords to require the Justice Secretary to bring his plans for Probation before both Houses of Parliament for ratification. I hope that you will support this amendment when the Bill comes to the Commons this month.

UNISON is campaigning to oppose the Government’s plans and to promote an alternative reform agenda for Probation based on funding local authorities and/or police and crime commissioners to commission local solutions to offending and rehabilitation. You can read more about UNISON’s campaign at: http://www.unison.org.uk/at-work/police-and-justice-staff/key-issues/probation-keep-it-public-and-local/home

I would be grateful if you could

  1. Put our concerns to the Secretary of State for Justice.
  2. Call for proper Parliamentary scrutiny of the Government’s plans for Probation, when the Offender Rehabilitation Bill comes to the Commons for vote later this month.
  3. Call upon the Secretary of State, Chris Graylings, to ensure the investigation, which he called for, into overcharging will be actioned without delay

Yours sincerely

 

 

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