Newsletter – 12 July 2012

Dear All In this edition of the newsletter we bring updates on a number of PCA developments but also links to articles provided by two external organisations: On Service Models from TPP Law; and on IoM from Revolving Doors. We hope that you find these useful and informative. If this is something you would like to see more of, please let us know.

PCA supports PBR in principle but current plans need significant refinements

Make Justice Work has today published ‘Just Results’, which is an in-depth report looking at the principles of using a Payment by Results in the delivery of offenders services.

The MJW report is a direct response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation document: Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences. Continue reading…..

PCA and PA CALL FOR “RESPONSIBLE COMPETITION” AS SERCO AND LONDON PROBATION TRUST WIN LONDON CP BID

The Probation Association and the Probation Chiefs Association have called for “responsible competition” for probation services to ensure that the greatest gains can be made in reducing re-offending, helping to cut crime.

In a joint statement the two organisations, which represent the leadership of Probation Trusts in England and Wales, congratulated Serco and London Probation Trust on their winning bid to provide Community Payback in London, announced today (Fri, 13 July).

The PA and the PCA support competition and diversity in service provision and look forward to Probation Trusts becoming the prime commissioners of probation services, as outlined in government proposals.

PCA Comments on the HMI Probation Annual Report 2012

In response to comments about risk of harm in the HMI Probation Annual Report 2012, John Budd, of the Probation Chiefs Association, said:

“We share the Chief Inspector’s immediate concerns about the potential fragmentation of offender management, which would in particular, raise risks to public protection and undermine the confidence of the courts.

“We have drawn attention to these concerns in our most recent response to the Government, as part of the consultation into the effectiveness of probation services.

“In particular we do not think that offender management, that is to say, the administration of community sentences, should be put to competition but retained in the public sector.

“However, voluntary and private sector organisations already do and will have an increasing role in the provision of intervention services helping to reduce re-offending.”

Click here to access HMI Probation’s annual report.

PCA and PA Call for “Responsible Competition” as SERCO and London Probation Trust win Community Payback bid

The Probation Association and the Probation Chiefs Association have called for “responsible competition” for probation services to ensure that the greatest gains can be made in reducing re-offending, helping to cut crime.  In a Joint Statementthe two organisations, which represent the leadership of Probation Trusts in England and Wales, congratulated Serco and London Probation Trust on their winning bid to provide Community Payback in London, announced today (Fri, 13 July).

We support competition and diversity in service provision and look forward to Probation Trusts becoming the prime commissioners of probation services.