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Chair reacts to renationalisation of the probation sector

16 May 2019

Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Meg Hillier MP, said:

“The Government has finally recognised the failure of the Grayling changes to probation services.

“It was always a risky venture and the PAC has repeatedly highlighted the flaws in the model, the management of the contracts and the lack of resilience. It's heartening to hear the Secretary of State speak about more work with specialist providers including in the voluntary sector. We highlighted this loss of expertise as one of our concerns about the system.

“Our most recent report warned that a proposed alternative retendering was on a frighteningly tight timescale and I am pleased that the Government has abandoned this.

“This is the latest in a long list of projects initiated by Chris Grayling which have been overturned by his colleagues or the courts.”

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