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CBI responds to Government probation proposals

The CBI responded to an announcement from the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling MP, on opening up probation services to competition from the private and voluntary sectors.

Jim Bligh, CBI Head of Public Services, said:

“Opening up probation services to the best of the public, private and voluntary sectors is the most effective way to help reduce reoffending.

“The fact that the new system will now also cover rehabilitation for offenders serving fewer than 12 months will make it more effective in helping prevent offenders from falling back into crime.

“A payment by results approach will deliver value for taxpayers, and the Government must now ensure the right framework is in place so these reforms achieve their potential.”

Notes to Editors:

The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. With offices across the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.  

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