Transforming Rehabilitation

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Carlile of Berriew Lord Carlile of Berriew Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the public sector equality duty will apply to the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

In line with the Government's duties under the Equality Act 2010, the potential equality impacts of the Transforming Rehabilitation reform programme are being considered by the Ministry of Justice.

The new public sector National Probation Service (NPS) will be part of the National Offender Management Service, an agency of the Ministry of Justice, which is a public authority for the purposes of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. As such the NPS will be required to conduct its operations in full compliance with this legislation.

Many of the functions performed by the Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) will be public in nature, such as the supervision of offenders in the community. In exercising these functions the CRCs will also be obliged to comply with the requirements of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. As part of their response to the Transforming Rehabilitation competition, the owners of the CRCs will provide details of their intended approach to meeting these requirements and these commitments will be enforced through the contract management process.

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