So why is the government pressing ahead with destroying a well-performing public service? We could do the same for the under 12 month custody people if Chris Grayling saw sense and abandoned his ideological stance. It puts into perspective the nonsense Max Chambers was trying to get away with on last Thursday's BBC2 Newsnight programme:-
Professor Paul Senior tweeted what he thought about it:-
not sure this is anything to boast about. After all the spin was so off the mark you were clearly badly briefed.
Talking of twitter, I really do feel it's worth highlighting the nonsense that Debbie Ryan, Director of Rehabilitation and Resettlement at G4S has recently been engaging in:-
I would welcome all & any probation individuals to come to #G4S and see for themselves. Anyone interested??
Rr u passionate about probation? Want to help shape the G4S TR bid? I am ready to listen. Would u attend workshop to share ur frontline exp?
If you want to contribute to the G4S bid. Have your say and shape the future - let me know. Happy to host workshops if enough interest???
Have had soo many tweets- emotions are high. Have your say and let's work together to make sure your experience shapes the future??
if you get involved you will know exactly what the future holds. You will help shape it. Take control.
Get involved in The G4S TR bid. Help shape the model? Want to hear what you would do??
I agree the spec is key. But you want us to be transparent so help us to make this work?
I know you are entrenched in this. It affects your lives and careers. My offer is for you to b able to input!
on going experience is essential to manage risk and protect the public. Tell us what YOU think works.
I see that the MoJ has had a stab at trying to explain exactly how partnership working is expected to work in the brave new TR omnishambles world of CRC's and NPS. I think it can best be described as a dog's breakfast, but according to the MoJ, it all sounds so simple and straightforward:-
This paper will be used to inform the partnership working aspect of the exit strategy for
Probation Trusts and enable them to plan the allocation of resources for the statutory
partnerships between the NPS and the CRC in the contract package area during the
transition period once the Probation Trusts split in April 2014. This will enable providers to take on an existing structure within the CRCs and ensure providers are fully aware of their statutory partnerships and responsibilities once they begin to deliver services. However, once providers begin to deliver services we will seek to ensure that contracts retain the flexibility for these arrangements to be negotiated to reflect local variations and wider changes including new legislation, where appropriate.
This paper does not cover non-statutory partnerships. Trusts are currently mapping these
partnerships to ensure all local relationships are captured and to test the resourcing of
partnership activity as part of their transition planning. We committed in the strategy
document that providers will need to demonstrate how they will sustain and develop IOM
arrangements in their area – a key non statutory partnership.
We are also considering how best to ensure that all providers engage appropriately in
those non-statutory partnership working arrangements which make an important contribution to protecting the public.
Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, continues to prove what good value she is, and as reported here in the Independent, is due to try and lift the veil of secrecy that currently exists in relation to government contracts:-
A powerful group of MPs will today push top civil servants to agree to sweeping reforms of how Government contracts are run by the private sector following headline-grabbing failures at outsourcing giants Serco and G4S.
Margaret Hodge, the Public Accounts Committee chairman, wants to see financial information on all Government contracts revealed under what is known as open-book accounting. The former Labour minister is also demanding that the National Audit Office has full access to contractual and financial details of these deals, which should also be subject to greater public disclosure under Freedom of Information laws.
Stephen Kelly and Bill Crothers, chief operating officer and chief procurement officer respectively at the Cabinet Office, will face the committee this afternoon. They will be joined by top Ministry of Defence civil servants who could be questioned over the semi-privatisation of the £14bn agency that buys tanks and guns. Plans to let the private sector run such a sensitive part of national security have been widely criticised and the process is on the brink of collapse after one of only two bidders pulled out last week.
THE National Audit Office has launched a new investigation into the Ministry of Justice’s outsourcing of court interpreters, after nearly 10,000 complaints about the service offered by contractor Capita.