Probation Services

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What progress have you made in persuading the Ministry of Justice to devolve the operation of London's failing, privatised probation services, following the damning joint report by HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons, published on 4 October 2016?


Answer for Probation Services

Answer for Probation Services

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My draft Police and Crime plans sets out my ambition for a criminal justice 'service' rather than system and the improvements needed to how offenders are managed and rehabilitated. This includes significant investment from my Office to support and strengthen statutory arrangements.

Since the publication of the Inspectorate report in October and the December report into probation arrangements in North London I and my Deputy Mayor have had positive dialogue with the Secretary of State for Justice, MoJ officials, CRC and NPS in improving probation services in London. This has led to agreement for joint performance meetings and a role for MOPAC in the MoJ task force established to improve the probation service in London.

The Autumn Statement set out government's intention to work with London on CJS devolution over the coming months.