Barnsley East MP in Parliamentary rally

Michael Dugher with his constituent and Unison National Probation Committee chairman, Neil Richardson.
Michael Dugher with his constituent and Unison National Probation Committee chairman, Neil Richardson.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher joined his constituent and Unison National Probation Committee chairman Neil Richardson (both pictured) for a Parliamentary rally.

He said the rally, held last week, highlighted opposition to the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling’s rushed and reckless reforms of the probation service. On June 1 he said Chris Grayling abolished all probation trusts in England and Wales and the Government replaced them with a National Probation Service (NPS), that is public sector and will manage only high risk offenders.

He said there would be 21 ‘Community Rehabilitation Companies’ (CRCs), that manage low and medium risk offenders that will be sold off to private bidders in October this year.

He added: “The Justice Secretary’s reform of probation was rushed, completely untested and a risk to public safety. I am opposed to this reckless privatisation of the probation service.”