I am going to keep posting about it on MN until you have ALL signed it.
Probation will run by SERCO or G4S if you don't get on board. Do you want that? Really? They can't even provide security for the Olympics! And they overcharged YOU tens of millions of pounds, by pretending dead prisoners were still on tag and collecting a fee for them. Or. Sometimes, they simply made the prisoners' names up and then collected a fee for them. That's just for starters.
If these clowns don't run it, some other unaccountable , faceless corporation will be in charge of the monitoring and rehabilitation of offenders. They will hold the safety of YOUR communities in their hands.
So. Sign it. It might even be too late. But we have to try. We simply cannot sit by and let a service which has evolved for over 100 years and is successful in reducing offending across the country be privatised and risk being run by profiteers.
AIBU to expect you to give a shit? Really, you HAVE to give a shit.
A4E, which is a akin contender for bids, recently had something like 9 members of staff charged with fraud. I can't remember the details, will go and find a link. I can't believe I even forgot about those lot!
[[http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/Policy_and_Politics/article/1212641/ministry-justice-announces-bidding-competition-transforming-rehabilitation-programme/ this one from third sector website has lots of info on it]
This whole thing is fucking disgraceful. How anyone can possibly believe that services such as probation can be run privately is beyond me. These companies like Serco and G4S are Jack of all trades; master of none.
I know there is a lot of Tory/Daily Mail fuelled criticism of the public sector but this is absolutely not the answer. There is no "cheaper" alternative to qualified, experienced, staff who work with integrirty.
I missed it as I don't follow anything like that. I don't know anything about politics either or understand why been a tory seems to be a bad thing. I've seen threads on here slagging someone off and 'he/shes a raving tory' as been thrown in
Placemarking so I can full the form in on my PC tomorrow (v long email address).
SP I'm not anti-Tory (some of my best friends are Tory...) but I think that the privatisation is just letting private companies cut corners and cream off profits. See utilities, olympics security, ATOS health checks...
YANBU, and well done for getting this thread going. It really scares me how much the infrastructure of our public services is being dismantled and outsourced to profit making companies, and how there is relatively so little public outcry about it. The changes that are happening are not good! They will not lead to a happy place!
sp I have not in any way slagged off any Person who has either chosen to support the Conservative party, or who work for that party. I have entirely disagreed with the policies to sell off our country to the highest (or lowest?) bidders, in particular the privatisation of a service that will result in the risk of harm to our communities and the risk of all types of offending, increase tenfold, a hundred fold. It will be unmeasurable.
Although I did call Chris Grayling a puppet. Which he is. You can actually see his strings. So it's not a lie.