POA Circulars

107 | 19.07.2011

Prison Closures and Market Testing

On the 13th July 2011 the Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke announced that HMP Acklington, Coldingley, Durham, HMP/YOI Castington, Hatfield, Moorland, Onley and HMP/IRC Lindholme would be market tested. In addition HMP Wolds which is managed by G4S will be part of this competition process.

The Secretary of State also announced that HMP Latchmere House and part of HMP Hewell formerly known as HMP Brockhill would close.

As National Chairman I determine the work and responsibilities of the National Executive Committee.  In order to ensure that the staff at the identified establishments are given visible and accessible support and are able to fulfil their other extensive responsibilities, the NEC will not represent members in Codes of Discipline, grievances and capability hearings.   They will continue to be available to represent branch officials and members at appeal hearings.  In exceptional circumstances requests for representation at Executive level can be made via the local branch through your area representative to the Vice Chairmen.  The final decision will be mine and I will take a pragmatic approach. 

These arrangements will continue in place until the recommendations of the restructuring team led by Tom Robson are received.  You will recall that Conference Motion 61 called for a comprehensive examination of our structures to ensure the best representation for the membership and to make recommendations if necessary on changes.

Code of Discipline cases which members of the Executive are currently progressing will be brought to a conclusion by the relevant NEC member.

I am determined that we learn lessons from the experiences of staff at Buckley Hall, Birmingham and Wellingborough during the recent market tests.

Please draw the contents of this circular to all members.   


Yours sincerely


National Chairman