Senior Leaders from the Ministry of Justice and HMPPS were subjected to some withering questions at a session of the Justice Committee held in Parliament on Tuesday.
MoJ Permanent Secretary Antonia Romeo and HMPPS CEO Amy Rees were quizzed on a range of issues which included the state of staff morale in general and specifically the operational situation in Probation following the latest reports from HMI Probation into two Serious Further Offences.
Some members of the Committee seemed at best sceptical, and at times totally unconvinced, about the answers that were provided to their questions. Many statistics were banded around, especially the figures relating to the recruitment of PQUIP trainees which were obviously welcomed, but there was little confidence around the issue of staff retention and the continual increases in unsustainable workloads.
Ian Lawrence told Napo News: ’It is desperately sad that it has again taken the loss of lives and the accompanying media coverage over the last fortnight to expose the extent of this government’s failure to value Probation staff as well as its inept management of the whole Criminal Justice System. Adding that: ‘It’s no surprise that many Napo members have been telling me that we need a change of government before things will get better.
The whole of the Justice Committee hearing can be viewed here