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Bill Cash MP “grossly dissatisfied” with proposed merger of Staffordshire Probation Service with West Midlands Probation Service

Press release 16/06/09       

 
Bill Cash MP today attended a meeting 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 and local democracy of the probation service. Cash insisted that he would raise these concerns this afternoon on the floor of the House in Justice Questions.
 
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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