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Today’s report is very critical of the Ministry of Justice and the new private providers of probation services.
NAO finds a total of £342 additional payments promised to Community Rehabilitation Contracts but thinks they may fail to hit payment by results targets.
Probation inspectors’ very critical assessment of new flexible rehabilitation activity requirements, saying less rehabilitation is being done under new system.
Probation Inspectors’ 5th report into Transforming Rehabilitation reports some improvements but many persistent problems & concern over quality in private CRCs.
There have been concerns about the pace of change, about the danger of fragmentation and about IT systems. The MoJ has emphasised the importance of the voluntary sector in the CRC partnerships; however, they have been concerns about lack of clarity for that sector about what their role will be.
It will be interesting to see whether the picture of reducing reoffending services looks any different by the time of the next report. At the moment, the voluntary sector which works with offenders and their families are stuck in the same position as Dante’s virtuous pagans, not sure if the future will be heaven or hell.
The Ministry of Justice today (19 December 2013) announced the names of the 30 successful organisations who have cleared the PQQ stage of the Transforming Rehabilitation competition for the new probation contracts. The main newsworthy topics are the withdrawal of G4S and Serco from the competition, there is no official comment on whether they were pushed or jumped themselves and the inclusion of 11 potential Probation Service Mutuals in the list.