Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.
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Friday, 27 September 2013
LONDON PROBATION TRUST DRIVEN BY SERCO
I would imagine that anybody reading here would by now be aware of changes being forced upon the probation service. The underlying theme is payment byresults. There is vociferous opposition to this initiative much of it coming not unnaturally from those professionals who will have to undertake their work where the motivation is profit as opposed to performance. Protagonists would argue that performance leads to profit and one cannot be achieved without the other. That might be a sound point of view except that the statistical bases on which PBR is and will be judged are open to much scrutiny. Indeed considering all the controversial decisions at the Ministry of Justice since 2010 this change to the concept of probation services must rank near the top of the list.
I have been sent a programme attached to a regular newsletter for an event on 3rd October being hosted by London Probation Trust in its new partnership with SERCO. I will leave readers to form their own opinions but a thought does strike me that the glossier and more upbeat a programme looks the less substance is at its core.