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Prison Officers: Pension Age

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:45 pm on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington 4:45 pm, 8th October 2019

I completely agree with my hon. Friend’s analysis. We heard the Minister talking this morning about the recruitment of an additional 4,500 prison officers, but from the information provided by the POA it seems that substantial numbers of newly trained prison officers—at least 72 trainee prison officers—are leaving the service each month. That must be due, at least in part, to the terrible conditions they face. Again, that is placing great strain on older officers who are expected to take up the slack.