Sarah pushes forward with Probation promise


Having previously stated her intention to strongly oppose the Government's intention to privatise the Probation Service, Sarah pursued this by putting forward a well-worded topical question in Parliament on 12th November 2013. She stated: South Yorkshire Probation Trust has reduced its reoffending rate by 13.4 per cent over its target, and it attributes that in part to its use of IMPACT teams. However, privatisation is likely to blow apart that collaborative working. Why is the Government pushing ahead with that plan?

Jeremy Wright, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice, replied that while he recognised much good work is being done within the probation service, it does not mean that there is no case for change and the Government's proposals will to do something to address high reoffending rates.

During an earlier speech in Westminster on the subject, Sarah described the proposed reforms as flawed, rushed and ill-conceived. She stands by these comments and will once again speak out against privatisation as strongly as possible, whenever she gets the chance.

Sarah is pictured above during a visit to SYPT at Rawmarsh Road, Rotherham.