The issue of domestic abuse is ever present in the work of the Family Court. I have recently received and signed a petition that was set up by Women’s Aid to try to prevent proposed funding changes by the government. Under the new plans, rent money, which used to go straight to domestic violence refuges, will instead go to local authorities – effectively forcing refuges to compete for funding with other local services.
Cabinet re-shuffle sees all new justice team, but does that mean deal or bust for probation. A cabinet re-shuffle in January left some political analysts underwhelmed. The promise of increased diversity amongst the top ranks failed to materialise with white males still holding the majority of positions, and the “new talent” reserved for junior ministerial roles.
Napo’s one day seminar of Women’s Occupational Health was a great success. The seminar held at Napo HQ in London on 6 December was attended by over 30 women from all over the country. There was an excellent balance from all sections of probation and many new faces as well as some familiar ones.
Napo members would have been left reeling at the revelation government had handed over an additional £342m to failing CRCs over the course of 2017. Napo, Unison and GMB/SCOOP wrote to the National Audit Office requesting an investigation into the lack of transparency of the MOJ’s multi-million pound bail out of the CRCs and this is what it found: