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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Probation cuts are a false economy

"Like so many public-sector workers, probation staff are crying out to escape a heavy burden of bureaucracy and get out into their communities to do their jobs. But the piles of paperwork will only get worse if the government pushes on with cuts that are leading to so-called back office staff losing their jobs" says UNISON’s Ben Priestley: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/107572

His comments were made in response to the House of Commons Justice Committee which found "staggering" evidence that probation officers spend as little as a quarter of their time supervising and helping rehabilitate offenders: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/justice-committee/news/probation-report/