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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

October 8: Probation Vote For Industrial Action

Probation and Family Court staff today voted unanimously for a campaign of industrial action.   Over 600 Probation and Family Court staff at Napo’s Annual General Meeting in Scarborough voted to hold a ballot for a campaign of industrial action if swingeing cuts go ahead. 

Delegates to Napo’s 98th AGM in Scarborough voted to fight the cuts, defend jobs, promote effective work with offenders and families, to fight privatisation and engage in concerted industrial action with other criminal justice unions. 

Probation staff will also make courts fully aware of the impact of the cuts on resources and frontline services, which is bound to lead to more imprisonment.  When the cuts go ahead probation will be unable to run sufficient programmes or have the staff to supervise community orders made by the courts.

Napo will be balloting members after the Comprehensive Spending Review later this month.  Action will, wherever possible, be coordinated with other public sector unions for maximum impact.

Moving the cuts motion, Tim Wilson, of Napo's Northumbria Branch said:

 “Currently the vast majority of probation expenditure is spent on staff costs.  At the moment the service employs 20,000 people and this is expected to fall by 5,000 by March 2012.  This will undermine the ability of the Probation Service to carry out its statutory duties”.

Seconding the motion, Jackie Leggett of Napo Cymru Branch said:

 “Industrial action is inevitable and will involve joint initiatives with other public sector unions.  It is ironic that if the Coalition invested in the Probation Service in the short term, it would save massive amounts in the medium and long term.  The government should invest in probation and not cut and privatise it”.

Harry Fletcher, Assistant General Secretary, added:

“Kenneth Clarke the Justice Minister cannot call for less people to be jailed and instead be supervised in the community and at the same time cut Probation.  Ironically, because of his contradictory actions, more people will be jailed as the courts discover that Probation is unable to fulfil its statutory obligations.