POA Circulars

166 | 07.12.2012

Competition Benchmarking

The National Executive Committee had a Special NEC Meeting following the recent announcement by the Secretary of State Mr Chris Grayling, that a new way forward has been established to achieve efficiency savings, that being Competition Benchmarking rather than the wholesale privatisation of further prisons. The National Executive Committee met on the 26th November 2012 to determine how best we could support and advise our branches during this process.

It was determined that a local, area and national structure would be set up, to ensure consistency of information ahead of the data gathering process and implementation of Competition Benchmarking across the 57 identified prison establishments, throughout 2012/2013.

In order to introduce an area and national structure ensuring members of the Executive support branches affected by this process, will you please establish a local team to support and inform your membership. It is imperative that local committees are fully involved in the data gathering when the Business Development Group team visits and are fully involved in the process throughout.

A formal request should be made to your Governor, if this is refused please advise your NEC Representative immediately.

The Executive fully support the view that each branch should be visited as often as requested by their NEC Representative to offer support, obtain views and opinions from local officials and to ensure local committee’s are being engaged by management and team members from the Competition Benchmarking group when they visit.

It was also agreed to convene area meetings to allow the sharing of information between officials who are involved.

I will remind you that the process is based on zero based resource approach. We are aware that some prisons are or have already been involved in the process and we are collating information from them and NOMS on the outcomes.

As this issue progresses further updates will be promulgated.

The Executive are fully aware of the implications of this process but believe it is the best option at this time. We will again take this opportunity to remind everyone our Health and Safety is not for sale and safe, secure and decent prisons are non-negotiable.

Please draw the contents of this Circular to your members attention.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support and co-operation on this matter.

Yours sincerely



General Secretary