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Bill Cash MP obtains meeting with Justice Secretary over Staffordshire Probation Service merger plans

Press release 16/06/09       

 
In parliamentary question time this afternoon, Bill Cash MP, told the Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw, that he had concerns over Staffordshire Probation Service proposals and that they could destroy the identity, accountability and local community within which the probation service operates. The Justice Secretary has said he would review the situation and agreed to a meeting with Cash.
 
 
Bill Cash MP had already attended a meeting this morning with other Staffordshire MPs and officials from Staffordshire Probation Service. The meeting was held to discuss the future delivery of probation services by the merging of Staffordshire Probation Service with West Midlands Probation Service.
 
Bill Cash was grossly dissatisfied with the way in which the proposals would destroy the identity, accountability of the Staffordshire probation service.
 
The merging of the probation service raises the whole problem of regionalisation – as regional health authorities have in relation to the local hospital’s problems – and how regional bodies take over from local governance. Mr. Cash said “It is not regionalisation that is needed and a merging of Staffordshire Probation Service with West Midlands Probation Service will not work. We need more accountability, local democracy, local identity and community. People’s lives are at risk if the probation service is not managed properly at the local level.”

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