Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

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EDM 1449: Justice Committee Probation Reform Report

I've signed Early Day Motion 1449 on the Justice Committee's report on Probation Reform. It's clear from the report that the government's decision to privatise parts of the probation system which had been an award-winning service has created what can now only be described as a mess.

The government should now begin the work of bringing the service back into the public sector and reversing the damage it has caused.

You can find the details of the EDM by following this link: https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/1449

Alternatively, you can read the text of the EDM below: 
"That this House welcomes the recent Justice Committee report on the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms; notes the Committee remains unconvinced that these reforms can ever deliver an effective or viable probation service; expresses concern that staff morale is at an all-time low, according to the report, with the Committee chair describing the probation system as a mess; believes that part-privatising the award-winning probation service in 2015, with a focus on payment by results, was a risky and expensive mistake; and calls on the Government to consult with staff unions including Napo and Unison on how to bring the whole probation service back into the public sector."

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