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162 15 Jan 2018

HMPPS AND GOVERNMENT FAIL TO PROTECT TAX PAYERS MONEY AS ANOTHER PRIVATE CONTRACT FAILS

Carillion goes into voluntary liquidation.

Leaders of the POA had warned the Government and HMPPS Senior Management that the contracting out of services and maintenance in prisons was a recipe for disaster, but their concerns were ignored.

Following the collapse of Carillion leaving thousands of workers worldwide with an uncertain future and more tax payers money goes down the drain, Leaders of the POA will demand prison contracts are brought back in house.

Steve Gillan General Secretary of the POA said;

“We need to know the contingency plans to keep our prisons operational. During the time Carillion had this contract the level of essential maintenance and work that is outstanding has spiraled out of control. This has resulted in loss of prison accommodation and in-humane conditions in our prisons”.

The contracting out of work commissioned by HMPPS was supposed to realise over 100 million in savings for the tax payer, but due diligence was not undertaken and the Public Accounts Committee exposed that no savings would be made.

Steve Gillan said;

“When these contracts were let the POA and other unions within the MoJ raised serious concerns and objections.

Prison maintenance and repairs are essential in keeping prisons safe and secure.

The Government and the Employer have introduced change after change in an attempt to save money and today we face another real crisis due to poor management and privatisation”.

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