14 January 2020 – the overnight press release

Tories failing to keep people safe

Responding to the HM Inspectorate of Probation report, which has found that the National Probation Service (NPS) is hampered by staff shortages, stretched middle managers and poor facilities, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

This Conservative Government is failing in its most important duty: keeping people safe. Staff shortages in the Probation Service mean that high-risk individuals in our communities are not being properly supervised.

This alarming report shows that ending private probation contracts and unifying the system, while clearly necessary, will not be nearly enough to fix the major problems in probation.

Liberal Democrats are calling for a fundamental rethink about the way probation works. It must be far more coordinated and tailored to the individual, based on the risks they pose and the support they need to build a life free from crime.

Probation and rehabilitation must also be properly funded. The Government needs to recognise that spending to prevent reoffending would mean fewer victims of crime and yield major benefits – for both society and the public finances.

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  • David Becket 14th Jan '20 - 9:09am

    This is an important piece of information, but who is going to read it. Nobody.
    Our Press Releases are not being picked up at the moment.
    Useless is not a sufficiently strong word to describe our web site. The front page is Stop Brexit and asking for money, and much of the inside is Jo encouraging readers to stop the Tories on December 12th Add to that the general user unfriendliness of the site, it jumps around, and the whole site presents the image of an out of date organisation, fighting yesterdays battles and grasping for money. Kill it before it does any more damage.

    We need a simple site, easy to navigate and easy for those responsible for it to add daily updates and remove out of date rubbish.

    Twitter and Facebook are an improvement. I like the clips of our MPs speaking, it helps members get to know them. . This article has not appeared there yet, but it is likely to.

  • “Responding to the HM Inspectorate of Probation report, which has found that the National Probation Service (NPS) is hampered by staff shortages, stretched middle managers and poor facilities, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:”

    Yes, quite right Daisy, but………… this is yet another illustration of the bind the party got itself into during the Clegg-Cameron Coalition when Lib Dem M.P.’s and Peers were whipped to troop through the lobbies in support Chris Grayling’s Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 which privatised the probation service..

    What do experts say now ? In her final annual report, Dame Glenys Stacey, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation between 2016 and 2019, said people would be “safer” if supervision of offenders in England and Wales was back in public ownership. Probation services were part-privatised in 2014, allowing firms to monitor low and medium-risk offenders.
    Probation services: Part-privatised system ‘flawed’ – BBC News 28 Mar 2019
    https://www.bbc.co.uk › news › uk-47728948

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