From the TUC

Public services (page 3)

Prison reform will fail unless safety and staff retention addressed, says Justice Committee

23 May 2016, by in Public services

An action plan is “urgently needed to reverse…[the]…rapid deterioration” in prison safety, concludes a new report by the House of Commons Justice Committee. Published just prior to the government’s Queen’s Speech announcement of a major overhaul of prison services, the report issues a serious warning that unless the decline in prison safety is reversed, new…

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Unaccountable providers, service chaos, workforce pushed to the limit: Probation after the ‘reforms’

11 May 2016, by in Public services

A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) does not know how well the companies responsible for running probation services are performing, due to “limitations around data quality and availability.” The findings follow controversial government reforms, in which 70 percent of probation services were privatised to…

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Own the future: Public services for the 21st century

18 Apr 2016, by in Public services

While attention is focussed on the growing financial crisis in the NHS, along comes another privatisation shambles to remind us all that the government’s funding squeeze is not the only threat to the future of our health service. The performance of non-emergency transport services since Coperforma took over the contract from the NHS’s South East…

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