POA Circulars

97 | 14.06.2013

Benchmarking: Local Engagement and Stage 6 Reports

As you know the Executive have been in detailed discussions with NOMS and members of the BDG, following a number of concerns from branch officials engaged in phase one of the Benchmarking process.

At this years’ Annual Conference a Fringe Meeting was held for all phase one prisons to discuss issues and Phil Copple Director of Public Prisons addressed those branch officials and listened to their concerns. As a follow up on the 5th June 2013 branch officials from the phase one prisons and adopter sites were invited to attend another meeting to air their concerns and discuss the New Ways of Working under Benchmarking. Again, Phil Copple and other members of the BDG were present to field questions and give officials an opportunity to raise issues.

The BDG team gave a presentation on the process for Benchmarking and it was agreed that this should have been provided to all prisons earlier in the process. To this end, the Executive have arranged a further meeting on the 24th June 2013 for all phase two prisons to provide them with an opportunity to raise concerns and understand the process.

At the Conference Fringe Meeting and meeting on the 5th June 2013, the message was clear, local engagement was not consistent and was a barrier to the process. The Executive have therefore been in detailed negotiations with the BDG and NOMS to ensure appropriate engagement occurs in all prisons throughout the process. Whilst we can’t turn the clock back we can ensure each branch has the opportunity to challenge and engage in the process.

NOMS have previously issued directives to Governors, on an interim basis to ensure engagement has taken place and the NEC have taken on board local concerns where engagement has not been adequate in the process.

The BDG are now issuing Stage six reports on a rolling programme. To ensure consistency across the estate the attached directive from NOMS has been agreed and forwarded to all Governors and DDC’s. The facility time made available through this letter is additional to the facility time already available at local level.

POA committee’s must now ensure that they fully engage in the process.

Please draw the contents of this Circular to your members and contact your local Governor to draw up plans for your engagement in the process.

Further information and reports will be promulgated in due course on this issue.
Thanking you in anticipation of your co-operation.


Yours sincerely

  

STEVE GILLAN
General Secretary

POA Circular 97-2013.pdf

pdf, 202.7K, 17/06/13, 108 downloads

97 | 14.06.2013

Benchmarking: Local Engagement and Stage 6 Reports

As you know the Executive have been in detailed discussions with NOMS and members of the BDG, following a number of concerns from branch officials engaged in phase one of the Benchmarking process.

At this years’ Annual Conference a Fringe Meeting was held for all phase one prisons to discuss issues and Phil Copple Director of Public Prisons addressed those branch officials and listened to their concerns. As a follow up on the 5th June 2013 branch officials from the phase one prisons and adopter sites were invited to attend another meeting to air their concerns and discuss the New Ways of Working under Benchmarking. Again, Phil Copple and other members of the BDG were present to field questions and give officials an opportunity to raise issues.

The BDG team gave a presentation on the process for Benchmarking and it was agreed that this should have been provided to all prisons earlier in the process. To this end, the Executive have arranged a further meeting on the 24th June 2013 for all phase two prisons to provide them with an opportunity to raise concerns and understand the process.

At the Conference Fringe Meeting and meeting on the 5th June 2013, the message was clear, local engagement was not consistent and was a barrier to the process. The Executive have therefore been in detailed negotiations with the BDG and NOMS to ensure appropriate engagement occurs in all prisons throughout the process. Whilst we can’t turn the clock back we can ensure each branch has the opportunity to challenge and engage in the process.

NOMS have previously issued directives to Governors, on an interim basis to ensure engagement has taken place and the NEC have taken on board local concerns where engagement has not been adequate in the process.

The BDG are now issuing Stage six reports on a rolling programme. To ensure consistency across the estate the attached directive from NOMS has been agreed and forwarded to all Governors and DDC’s. The facility time made available through this letter is additional to the facility time already available at local level.

POA committee’s must now ensure that they fully engage in the process.

Please draw the contents of this Circular to your members and contact your local Governor to draw up plans for your engagement in the process.

Further information and reports will be promulgated in due course on this issue.
Thanking you in anticipation of your co-operation.


Yours sincerely

  

STEVE GILLAN
General Secretary

POA Circular 97-2013.pdf

pdf, 202.7K, 17/06/13, 108 downloads