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13 PCCs condemn Government's plans to privatise probation

Merseyside / November 04

Thirteen Labour Police & Crime Commissioners from across England and Wales have written a joint letter to the Justice Secretary condemning the privatisation of probation services.

Thirteen Labour Police & Crime Commissioners from across England and Wales have written a joint letter to the Justice Secretary 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.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy joined forces with her 12 Labour PCC colleagues to write the joint letter which was sent to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

In the letter, the PCCs outline their concerns regarding the probation privatisation proposals, including the loss of good practice, fragmentation of services, risks around offender supervision and the pace of change.

In the letter, the Commissioners say: “We have grave concerns at your plans for dismantling the Probation Service, which we do not believe will lead to better outcomes and could, in fact, have major consequences for public safety.”

The PCCs added: “We are therefore calling on you to halt the process, step back and work with the police, Probation Trusts and all the other agencies involved to deliver lower reoffending rates in a way that does not put public safety at risk.”

Read the full letter surrounding the privatisation of Probation Services.