POA Circulars

128 | 24.10.2017

KEY WORKER CASE LOAD AGREEMENT

It has come to the attention of the Executive that some Governors in establishments that are rolling out the Key Worker Scheme are attempting to increase Key Worker case load’s beyond the agreed figure of six prisoners per Key Worker.

Both the Secretary of State, David Lidington and the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimah have announced to Parliament that each Key Worker will have a case load of six.

Finances have been secured to employ extra Prison Officers based on a calculation of six prisoners per Key Worker.

At a meeting on 23rd October 2017 with the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyhima, he confirmed that the case load is restricted to a maximum of six prisoners per Key Worker.

If any Governor attempts to breach this agreement and raise the ratio, Committees should immediately raise a dispute and report to your Area NEC representative.

Thank you for your continued co-operation.

Yours sincerely
MARK FAIRHURST
National Chair