POA Circulars

Please find the attached letter sent to the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Mr Robert Buckland QC and MP which is self - explanatory.


Concerns regarding individual Risk Assessments for vulnerable staff have been raised by POA Committees to the NEC.


At the NEC Meeting on the 11th November 2020 the Executive discussed the possibility of the POA holding a physical Conference in the normal month that it is held in May 2021.

Please ensure the contents of this circular are relayed to all POA members.


Please find attached NEC minutes for the 28th October 2020, for your information.


The Deputy General Secretary has been contacted today by Cabinet Office who have asked for numbers of members who are currently going through Ill Health Retirement who were in Classic and Premium, but are being retired under Alpha.


We are now able to confirm the extent of lockdown restrictions that will come into effect from today in Prisons in England. We have included Public Health England Advice for clarity.

Please find enclosed Joint Statement between POA/HMPPS regarding the above.


The restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on 31st October 2020, which affect England come into force on Thursday 5th November 2020.


With regards to the above, Thompsons Solicitors have been providing a regular update on key areas of law.


Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.