Privatising UK’s probation services will endanger lives in Hackney.
I keenly support the probation officers in Hackney and elsewhere who are taking strike action over the government’s plans to privatise their services.
These plans will force over 70% of probationary services across the UK into the hands of greedy private security firms like Serco and G4S, who are more interested in short term profiteering than in providing effective rehabilitation services for offenders or ensuring the proper safety of the public. They jeopardise the hard work of probation officers in Hackney in particular, who have fought to help reduce reoffending in the area by almost 8%.
I will continue campaigning about this issue for my constituents and elsewhere. The government are taking an ill-thought-out risk by gambling with our safety in this way.
Londoners will continue to fight these planned cuts to NHS services.
In spite of growing opposition from the public and from the courts, Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt still plans to close at least 7 health services in London, including Children’s wards, Maternity wards and A and E services
I challenged Jeremy Hunt to consider the negative social impact of his plans this week, especially given the overwhelming sway of opinion against him.
His unpopular plans will force London’s already over stretched A and E departments to work on overdrive without sufficient staffing or funding. The closures will also impact many of the marginalised communities in London for whom A and E is their primary care source, and a major source of employment too.
If Jeremy Hunt continues to ignore Londoners on this issue, then they will continue to fight him and, in the case of Lewisham last week, they will continue to win.