[2019] Motion 68 A public enquiry into transforming rehabilitation

Composited motion

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Congress notes the significant victory by the probation service trade unions in their campaign to return Probation work to full public control and ownership.

The government U-turn announced by the justice secretary on 16 May marked a watershed in the campaign and will result in 80 per cent of the work currently under the remit of the private sector being transferred to the National Probation Service from the 20 community rehabilitation companies by the end of their contracts, and in Wales by December 2019.

The General Council are instructed to assist in furthering the unions’ combined objectives which include:
i. maintaining the campaign of opposition to the proposed ‘mixed market’
and the further involvement of private sector suppliers, some of whose failed
operational models have a direct link to serious further offences
ii. the full harmonisation of pay, terms and conditions to match those in the
National Probation Service for all probation workers currently employed in the
CRC estate
iii. restoration of probation into a government-owned concern where the service can again be managed by people who know what they are doing
iv. seeking a public inquiry into the Transforming Rehabilitation project where
those responsible for its design and disastrous outcomes can be accountable to the taxpaying public.