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Private probation firms going bust must act as wake up call

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15 Feb 2019
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GMB, the union for probation workers, says the failure of three community rehabilitation companies should serve as a wakeup call to the Ministry of Justice.  

Working Links - private firms which manage thousands of offenders in Wales and south west England -  have gone into administration.

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer, said:

“The failure of three community rehabilitation companies in the South West of England and Wales, should serve as a wakeup call to the Ministry of Justice.  

“There are eighteen other contracts, including a number held by Interserve - a company which totters from financial crisis to financial crisis.

The failure of three community rehabilitation companies in the South West of England and Wales, should serve as a wakeup call to the Ministry of Justice.

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer

“The involvement of private companies in the justice sector is an expensive waste; services remain undelivered while thousands of jobs are sacrificed in an attempt to deliver profits.  However despite making huge cuts, profit has proved impossible to achieve.

“GMB will support members caught up in this nightmare, but is very clear, the minister must take responsibility for this mess, and consider his position. 

“The collapse of Carillion only a year ago caused severe difficulties in prisons, that relied on the company for maintenance services.

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“The Government still refuses to learn from its past errors, which is verging on negligent behaviour.

“GMB does not support these services being run by the private sector and calls for all probation services to be brought back in house as soon as possible.”

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