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Justice Secretary Promises More Payment By Results Contracts
Ahead of the Conservative party conference the new Justice Secretary paused the probation PBR pilots, interpreted widely as meaning that PBR competitions would be rolled out across probation operations without evaluation.
Mark Ormerod, PA Chief Executive, said: "We agree with the government's previous position - that the introduction of PBR represents such a significant change in criminal justice policy that it requires testing. All sectors should have a role in PBR, including the public sector."
Justice Shadow Wants A "Healthy Mix"
Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan told delegates at the Labour conference that he advocated a "healthy mix" of public, private and voluntary sector service delivery.
Unions Hear From Politicians and NOMS CEO
Sadiq Khan told the Napo conference in Torquay that "tougher right-wing policies" lay ahead for probation and that the service was an easy target for Government cuts. He expressed concern at the pause in the probation Payment by Results pilots fearing it was a prelude to a concerted push to contract out services.
Future of Probation ICT
We will play a key part in a new Trust and NOMS ICT group which will scrutinise the implications for Trusts of the MoJ-wide Future IT Sourcing (FITS) arrangements, due to replace the current OMNI contract.
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