Members of the Justice Unions Parliamentary Group are calling for a total rethink of the way the probation service is run, following the highly critical findings of the Justice Committee Inquiry into the operation of TR.
JUFPG Chair, Liz Saville Roberts MP, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM 1449) asking the government to “consult with staff unions … on how to bring the whole probation service back into the public sector”.
Last week, Bob Neill, Chair of the JSC, described the current system in probation as a “mess” and said he was “unconvinced that TR will ever deliver the kind of probation service we need.”
The JSC inquiry found:
It concluded: “we recommend that the Ministry of Justice initiate a review into the long-term future and sustainability of delivering probation services under the models introduced by the TR reforms, including how performance under the TR system might compare to an alternative system for delivering probation”.
EDM 1449, which was tabled on Monday this week already has the support of 16 MPs. EDMs are used to draw attention to specific events or campaigns and can be used to demonstrate the level of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view. Napo is asking members to contact their own MP, to draw their attention both to the JSC report and to the EDM, asking them to add their signature.