Press Contacts

Mark Fairhurst - Acting National Chair:
Mobile 07968 108284

Steve Gillan – General Secretary:
Mobile 07971 838590

Glyn Travis - Press Officer:
Mobile 07968 324045

POA Press Office:
020 8803 0255 Option 7

POA Press Releases

160 12 Oct 2017

PRISON SYSTEM AT BREAKING POINT

Following the address of Michael Spurr the CEO of HMPPS to the PGA Conference where they admitted that it had been a difficult summer for the Service as violence, suicides and the prison population all increased on the back of a number of serious disturbances and riots, another serious disturbance occurred at HMP Long Lartin, involving 81 armed prisoners on the evening of the 11th October 2017.

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BREAKING 13 Sep 2017

Steve Gillan POA General Secretary elected to General Council for the 7th year and to TUC Executive Committee

It has been announced that Steve Gillan POA General Secretary has been elected to the General Council for the 7th year and to the TUC Executive Committee.

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159 25 Aug 2017

PRISON SERVICE IN CRISIS

Despite assurances from the Secretary of State for Justice that the recruitment of new Prison Officers was at record highs and the success of the graduate scheme, the foundation which supports prisons, reduce violence and address chronic staff shortfalls throughout the Service. However, Prison Officers are still being forced from their homes to sure up a system in crisis.

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158 03 Aug 2017

PRESSURE MOUNTS ON PRISON BOSSES

Following the recent serious disturbances at The Mount, Erlestoke and Aylesbury Prisons, more pressure is being applied to the Senior Management of HMPPS as their continued failure to manage the system is exposed

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157 01 Aug 2017

POA LEADERS CALL FOR URGENT ACTION FOLLOWING RIOT!!!

On the 31st July 2017 prison staff from across the prison estate attended The Mount Prison to deal with the situation that has created havoc in the prison and put more pressure on the leaders of HMPPS as criticism mounts on a Service in crisis.

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156 27 Jul 2017

LATEST SAFETY IN CUSTODY STATISTICS JUNE 2017 OUTLINE DEVASTATING INCREASES

The latest Government Safety in Custody statistics outline the failures of HMPPS (Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Services) to protect prisoners and staff from once again the unprecedented rise in violence in our prisons

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155 19 Jul 2017

PERMANENT INJUNCTION GRANTED BY HIGH COURT

The POA are disappointed but not entirely surprised by todays Judgement in granting a Permanent Injunction against the POA.

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154 03 Jul 2017

BULLY BOY TACTICS FROM INCOMPETENT GOVERNMENT AND DIRECTORS OF PRISON SERVICE

The POA will be in the High Court tomorrow 4th July 2017 defending an application from the Secretary of State David Lidington to obtain a permanent injunction in an attempt to silence the POA membership from the crisis within our Prisons which has been created by this Government with failed policies and devastating cuts and the failed Directors of her Majesty’s Prison and Probation service overseeing the destruction of a service that hasn’t been witnessed in decades.

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153 30 Jun 2017

POA SUPPORT CONCERNS BY HM CHIEF INSPECTOR OF PRISONS FOLLOWING UNANNOUNCED INSPECTION OF HMP/YOI FELTHAM (FELTHAM B – YOUNG ADULTS)

Leaders of the POA call on HMPPS and Government to act, as more criticism is aimed at the Prison Service following another damning report identifying that violence is out of control in prisons.

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152 29 Jun 2017

POA FULLY SUPPORT THE REPORT BY THE NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE INTO MENTAL HEALTH IN PRISONS

The POA support the claims of the NAO that the Government does not know how many people in prison suffer from some form of mental illness and that the Service is under pressure.

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