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Bring probation back in-house, Ian Lawrence tells MPs

PROBATION union Napo leader Ian Lawrence warned MPs yesterday that the service is in serious difficulty and that the Ministry of Justice needs to bring it all back in-house.

The union has warned that taxpayers are continuing to fund “systemic failure” across 21 outsourced community rehabilitation companies (CRCs).

Mr Lawrence told the justice select committee that the companies are meeting barely a third of their performance targets.

“Napo believes that the probation service must be fully restored into public ownership,” he said.

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon said the Tories’ part-privatisation had been a “costly failure.”

“The public has recently had to bail out these private companies to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds, despite them only meeting a third of their performance targets,” he told the Morning Star.

“The Tory government’s record has been one of rewarding failure in the probation service.”

He said a Labour government would renationalise the service.

The committee is expected to publish a report on probation later this year.

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