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If you pay tax, there’s a fairly high chance you’ve paid too much.


Please be reminded that the current policy of the POA is not to engage in completion of the employer’s annual staff survey

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 8th September 2020, for your information.


Many members may be unaware that the Winter Influenza Vaccination Programme for the 2020/21 flu season has been extended, with more groups eligible to receive the Influenza Vaccine than in previous years. 

Cancer Research UK live Talk Cancer workshops – feel confident to talk about cancer and health as part of your role


Please see recently published TUCG Equality Booklet and contained within this is an excellent article on page 20 by Colin Moses, former National Chair and Honorary Life Member of the POA.


The COVID-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA) is a new, time-limited charity which makes grants to organisations that are supporting health care staff who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on hardship and psychological support.

As local committees continue to work on Exceptional Delivery Models that will progress regimes from level 3 to level 2, we should remain vigilant to the threat of COVID in our secure settings.

Distribution of the POA diary for members will commence within the next seven days. Retired members will receive their diary with the Winter issue of Gatelodge in December.


On 8th September 2020, the POA National Executive Committee met and the role of Dog Handlers was discussed. Due to the complexities of the role our members undertake it was agreed that the POA would set up a Dog Handlers Consultative Committee.


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.