Dame Glenys Stacey, the chief inspector of probation, said privatisation had proved ‘enormously difficult’ [Image: Paul Faith/PA].

Probation is part of the justice system; inviting private firms to run it is inviting corruption.

Now two of these firms are claiming they aren’t being paid enough – quelle surprise.

Are they trying to blackmail the Tory Government into paying them more, for the sake of an ideological point?

If so, then what’s the point of privatisation? The whole argument is that services become cheaper and more efficient!

Of course, we have countless examples to show that this isn’t true, but the facts never seem to put Tories off.

And they never mind throwing good money after bad. Watch this space.

Two of the private companies that provide 50% of probation services in England and Wales have confirmed to MPs they will have to consider quitting if a Ministry of Justice review fails to deliver improvements.

Interserve Justice and MTCnovo, which have contracts worth more than £150m a year to run “community rehabilitation companies”, have told the Commons justice select committee that their finances are unsustainable. “Our work is going up, our payment is going down,” said Yvonne Thomas, director of justice at Interserve.

The warning that pulling out of their probation contracts “will be an option on the table that will have to be considered” was delivered after the chief inspector of probation told MPs that probation privatisation had proved “enormously difficult” since it was introduced in 2014.

Source: Private companies could pull out of probation contracts over costs | Society | The Guardian

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