The Northwest Probation and CAFCASS branch of UNISON remains opposed to the split of the probation workforce into the National Probation Service and 21 privately owned Community Rehabilitation Companies despite the Government’s announcement of preferred bidders (attached).
UNISON still believes that the split of the probation workforce into the National Probation Service and 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies is unworkable and not in the best interests of the provision of probation services.
This is also the view of those working in the service*
· 99% do not support the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation Agenda
· 96% don’t believe that the Government’s proposals will improve probation services
· 91% don’t believe that service provision will improve for users
· 93% don’t believe that the delivery of statutory duties to the courts will improve
· 90% say that statutory partnerships will not improve
· 97% say the management of risk not improve
· 93% don’t believe that value for money will be provided to the tax payer
* The Truth About Transforming Rehabilitation Voices from the Frontline
UNISON will not stop resisting and fighting the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation Agenda. We will however be seeking meetings with the preferred bidders to ensure that they have a full understanding of the protections and national negotiating arrangements that we have secured for our members.