Press Contacts

Mark Fairhurst - 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

149 22 May 2017


The POA have reminded the Secretary of State of her responsibilities under the Prison Act 1952, that she has a statutory duty to maintain safety and security in Prisons. A response has been received from the Minister that concedes everything the POA has stated publicly for the last 5 years, regarding the decline in safety in our prisons.

Steve Gillan General Secretary of the POA stated:

“The latest statistics of assaults, violence and self-harm are disturbing and a direct result of budget cuts and understaffing. The Secretary of State has acknowledged that these problems have built up over a number of years. I am sure this Government’s record will be taken into consideration on a variety of issues when our members vote in the General Election”.

The POA NEC have decided to reproduce its letter and the response from the Secretary of State into the public domain.






For further information contact:

POA Press Office                                                                                    020 8803 0255 Option 7


pdf, 699K, 22/05/17, 838 downloads