Please find enclosed Joint Statement between POA/HMPPS.


We are pleased to announce that the Welfare Fund have agreed to cover the accommodation costs of any POA member who accesses the Center Parcs accommodation scheme.

As I do my weekly update pertaining to COVID-19 it is with regret that yet another colleague at HMP Wymott Mr David Bentham has died and I am sure all our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues at this distressing time. I am also aware that more prisoners in our care have sadly died as well and again our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.


Please find attached a message from Serve and Protect Credit Union (Police Credit Union) a POA member benefit who are offering a unique call back service for POA members to assist with their wellbeing during these unprecedented times.


Please find enclosed updates from Thompsons Solicitors in relation to employment matters during COVID 19.

During these unprecedented times it is vital that we continue to keep you updated on issues and plans throughout the Service.


Please find attached PHE Guides on the following for your information.


There is some confusion as to what the employment rights of new and expectant mothers are under COVID - 19, the NEC set out below what should always happen not just during this emergency.


As we enter week 3 of the lockdown not just in our Communities but in our Prisons and other institutions the saddest part so far is losing two colleagues to this dreadful virus.

Please find enclosed Press Release from the Justice Select Committee for your information in relation to the impact of COVID-19.


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.