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Justice Secretary Dismisses Concerns As Labour Motion Falls
A Labour motion callng upon the Government to halt its controversial probation reforms was rejected by the House of Commons last week.
Labour's motion recognised the excellence of Probation Trusts and noted that the Government plans to abolish them, without parliametnary approval, and replace them with an untested an fragmented system.
Probation Institute Plan Is Progressing
The PA, The Probation Chiefs Association, Napo and UNISON have together drawn up a business case for a Probation Institute to safeguard progessional standards and act as a centre of excellence.
Trusts and the PA have been pressing NOMS for an answer to the question: Who should be responsible for undertaking the necessary work to prepare Trusts for closure.
The final notice period for the terminationof Trust contracts by NOMS has been extended following representations from Trusts and the PA.
Closure of the PA
The dissolution of Trusts as a result of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms removes the need for the work of the PA. After more than 50 years of a probation employers' association, the PA is planning to close its doors, along with Trusts, on March 31, 2014.
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