An eerie silence appears to have descended upon the privatised probation world of late, but news reaching me indicates all is not well. Quite recently all the CRC heads had a day out in London with MoJ top brass, basically complaining that the rules of the game were being changed.
The fact they all went mob-handed is interesting in itself and somewhat indicative not only of a high degree of information-sharing, but also as a warning to the MoJ that they intend to work closely together for their shared mutual interest and benefit. I understand this hasn't gone down well at all with those at the top.
So, what could possibly have kicked off this bit of co-ordinated action and collective pleading? Why, money of course. For some reason the privateers have somewhat belatedly realised that making money in this line of business is not quite as straight-forward as originally intended and especially if the Weighted Annual Volumes are moving in the wrong direction.
This in turn means less cash and therefore increased business risk. The alarm bells really do seem to be ringing during this period of eerie silence. Why, I'm told expensive lawyers might even be engaged, on both sides and mention is being made of possible breaches of contract rules. The omnishambles that TR is will continue to deliver for some considerable time yet, but clearly not quite in the way the mad architects envisaged.