There are reports that probation rehabilitation services will be renationalised, as were offender management services last year, thereby reversing the hugely damaging privatisation of probation services in 2014. What relationship and input would you like City Hall to have with a wholly renationalised probation service?
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has recently announced that the unpaid work and accredited programmes that were due to go out to the market will now be delivered by the National Probation Service (NPS), which completes the renationalisation of the service.
I am cautiously encouraged by this, after the government’s hugely damaging privatisation of the probation service. However, it is vital that City Hall and London boroughs are fully engaged in this new service. My Deputy Mayor and MOPAC have been actively engaging with the MoJ and have provided detailed feedback on the proposed new model and how it can be best adapted to suit the needs and priorities of London.
I have advocated strongly for formal co-commissioning arrangements between my office and the NPS London. This would improve the integration of services and support the development of sustainable delivery models to address the complex causes of offending in London.