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Please find attached NEC minutes for 14th July 2021 for your information.

I am delighted to inform you that our long- standing partnership with the Firefighters Rehabilitation Charity will be re-commencing from Monday 26th July 2021, when we will be accepting applications to assist POA members with their health and wellbeing.

In response to a BBC Newsnight item around rising suicide rates in prison the POA would like to issue the following press release.

HMPPS are introducing a new Digital Assessment Routing Tool (DART).

POA National Chairman Mark Fairhurst believes that the directors of HMPPS must act now to remove razor blades from prisons in England and Wales. 

Serve and Protect Credit Union are celebrating the exciting news that a Prison Officer has won the £5,000 headline prize for June’s PrizeSaver draw!

As we head into the summer months and, at the time of writing, the EURO 2020 football tournament having kicked off, can I offer my condolences to our colleagues in England and Wales for their poor showing in the tournament, and congratulate Andy Robertson on his Freedom of Scotland award for captaining us to a memorable victory over Italy in the final.

Please find attached NEC minutes for 23rd June 2021 for your information.

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.