This year has started dramatically with further announcements from the Prime Minister implementing further National lockdowns in England, with the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland introducing restrictions of a similar nature but I recognise there may be differences in each of the four countries where the POA have membership.
SCOTLAND: ARSON ATTACKS ON STAFF CARS
Following further arson attacks on staff vehicles in establishments, we wanted to ensure that staff were fully sighted on the ongoing work SPS are undertaking both internally and jointly with Police Scotland colleagues, and provide assurance that these matters are being treated with the utmost seriousness.
A meeting of the Scottish National Committee was held on 28 November 2020 at 13.00 pm
Political News: W/C 11th January
Updated provisional parliamentary business has now been announced for this period, including the following that may be of relevance to you. Please note, the following may change at short notice.
COVID-19 TEMPORARY CAPACITY EXPANSION BUNKER BINS
As part of Covid-19 contingency measures, the POA NEC have had regular dialogue with HMPPS around the newly created Covid-19 temporary capacity expansion.
CIRC 002: LAUNCH OF NEW POA WEBSITE WWW.POAUK.ORG.UK
The National Executive Committee recently advised you that we have been working on a programme to improve our back-office systems and the face of the POA. To this end, I would like to inform the membership that on Sunday 10th January 2021 we will be launching our new website.
CIRC 001: NATIONAL LOCKDOWN
Enclosed is the latest update from Gold that has been forwarded to all Governors.
Political News: W/C 4th January
Provisional parliamentary business has now been announced for this period, including the following that may be of relevance to you. The House of Lords returns tomorrow and the House of Commons has been recalled for Wednesday. Please note, the following may change at short notice.
CIRC 176: LATEST POSITION FOR PRISONS IN TIERS 3 AND 4
I enclose for your information the latest Gold Briefing that is being issued to Governors. If you have any questions, please contact your area NEC Representative.
PR 228: POA CALL FOR SUSPENSION OF EDUCATION IN YOUTH PRISONS
The Prison Officers Association have today urged Directors in the Youth Custody Service to suspend all face-to-face education provision with immediate effect until January 6th.