Once these profiteers accept that they can't make any money from probation and PbR hasn't got a cat in hell's chance of succeeding, they will be handing the keys back pretty quickly. Anyone fancy running a book on when it will be?
You lot are fools. These contracts are worth mega bucks. I can assure you no one will be handing BACK KEYS anytime soon! I mean every CRCs has an estate strategy. Why be so concerned with estates if you're only going to be around for a short period of time? They are in it for the long term and rightly so. You need to get over the fact probation will never go back to what it was and I for one am glad as I love working in my CRC.
This delusion is one that is actively promoted by CRC management, whereas the reality is glaringly different...books are not being balanced...money is going in the wrong direction and exit strategies are being looked at in boardrooms..the first signs of this are further staff cuts - look where this is happening right now and of course staff are always the last to know....the dominoes are starting to rock...
As standalone businesses the CRCs started off in financial trouble. The new owners have only showed the MoJ a fancy bank balance up front, they're not committed to using that cash reserve to prop up the CRCs they bought, and PbR or whatever other "paymech" is undoubtedly not a sufficient means of funding a CRC. The bidders knew this but they are only focused on winning contracts & stripping assets. Existing staff are too expensive, regardless of their performance or attitude. This is how the Thatcherite piranhas demolished the manufacturing industry i.e. buying up businesses, stripping them to the bone then selling off the carcass, or discarding it. MoJ have been either naive or disingenuous - or both - in believing that they could play ball with global bullies and win.
So true. The writing was on the wall from the start, we all knew about the win at all costs mentality of the various jobbing bid teams and the subsequent asset stripping that the successful bidders (privateers) routinely engaged in. We have all been sold down the river, including our colleagues in the NPS. There is no future for either side of Probation. Get out if you can.
And before they do jack it in, they will continue to fix the figures to get the cash. Any Case Administration folk in Working Links want to give some details? I'm hearing it includes charging NPS for some ETE classes that haven't been provided, terminating UPW as completed before hours done to ensure a success and then there's the instructions to avoid breach and having to check with management first.