Tim Young resigns from probation role over reforms

Essex County Standard: Tim Young resigns from probation role over reforms Tim Young resigns from probation role over reforms

THE leader of Colchester Council’s Labour group has resigned as vice chairman of Essex Probation over planned reforms.

Tim Young, a boardmember for nearly a decade, is resigning in protest over the Government’s privatisation plan He said: “It breaks my heart to resign from the board of Essex Probation, as it has been part of my life for nearly ten years and I have learned so much about the criminal justice system and the supervision and rehabilitation of offenders from the excellent staff and management who work for the Probation Service in Essex.

“However, the only way I could think of to bring more attention to the Government’s privatisation plans was to resign and campaign with others, including the trade unions involved, to try to prevent or, at least, delay the proposals.”

The Government plans to abolish probation trusts next year.

A smaller national probation service will be responsible for high-risk offenders and public protection cases, while low and medium-risk criminals will become the responsibility of community rehabilitation companies.

They will be funded according to their ability to reduce reoffending.

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7:42am Sat 30 Nov 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Sounds like he has jumped before being pushed!

The Probation service hasn't been fit for purpose for years and perhaps people like Tim Young are part of the problem?

Some might say he would have been a bigger man staying and working to get the best solution rather than resign and fight what is planned purely for political reasons. But then again that's politics and nothing else really matters to career politicians!
Sounds like he has jumped before being pushed! The Probation service hasn't been fit for purpose for years and perhaps people like Tim Young are part of the problem? Some might say he would have been a bigger man staying and working to get the best solution rather than resign and fight what is planned purely for political reasons. But then again that's politics and nothing else really matters to career politicians! Say It As It Is OK?

11:46am Sat 30 Nov 13

stevedawson says...

If he hadn't told us l'm sure we would all be none the wiser.If the proposed changes tighten up the system and gives good value why not.Good by tim didn't even know you were there.
If he hadn't told us l'm sure we would all be none the wiser.If the proposed changes tighten up the system and gives good value why not.Good by tim didn't even know you were there. stevedawson

11:53am Sat 30 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

AGREE both.
Is he jumping, or was he being pushed.
Agree.
why -
"The Government plans to abolish probation trusts next year.

or deserting an already sinking titanic..
AGREE both. Is he jumping, or was he being pushed. Agree. why - "The Government plans to abolish probation trusts next year. or deserting an already sinking titanic.. tomtheDJ

1:29pm Sat 30 Nov 13

Route88 says...

Is he still on Essex Police and Crime panel (whatever that may be) or is this connected with it?
Is he still on Essex Police and Crime panel (whatever that may be) or is this connected with it? Route88

2:12pm Sat 30 Nov 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

Can he resign from his positions in Colchester as well?
Can he resign from his positions in Colchester as well? Bert_Stimpson

2:54pm Sat 30 Nov 13

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

Sounds like a fantastic idea to privatise it and have the likes of G4S running it. Well said, family silver sellers, you're all clearly as sane as I am.

Bah.
Sounds like a fantastic idea to privatise it and have the likes of G4S running it. Well said, family silver sellers, you're all clearly as sane as I am. Bah. Mail Member 4 Colchester

6:52pm Sat 30 Nov 13

Hamiltonandy says...

I guess a more lucrative offer has come his way. Perhaps he will be made the new chairman of Colchester Hospital. Or marketing officer for the VAF.
I guess a more lucrative offer has come his way. Perhaps he will be made the new chairman of Colchester Hospital. Or marketing officer for the VAF. Hamiltonandy

2:31pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Tolkny says...

Essex Probation Trust was only established in 2005 so nobody can have been on its board for nearly ten years unless their arithmetic is worse than mine.

He might have been on the Board of the predecessor organisation.

I am surprised he is now making a public statement about objecting to the privatisation which has been probable since January and ongoing since May. I would like to see any earlier public statements from him or any other board member as if they had spoken out sooner maybe the campaign would have gained wider support.

As a former probation officer, I confidentially say IF the plans now in progress are carried to fruition public safety will be worsened, there will be additional prison places needed and almost certainly the overall financial cost will increase significantly.

There is a petition asking the British parliament to debate this - the privatisation does NOT rely on an 'Act' of this current parliament but is being carried out using an Act of Parliament designed to retain local control probation services, not diminish them as the current plans do.

I am not permitted to give the website for that petition but an internet search for "Do not privatise the Probation Service - e-petitions" should find it.

Meanwhile I see that Tim Young Tweeted "I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as Labour's parliamentary candidate for #Clacton. #tim4clacton" on 30th November, so know doubt Clacton & Frinton folk will be reading much more about him after the local press report that!
Essex Probation Trust was only established in 2005 so nobody can have been on its board for nearly ten years unless their arithmetic is worse than mine. He might have been on the Board of the predecessor organisation. I am surprised he is now making a public statement about objecting to the privatisation which has been probable since January and ongoing since May. I would like to see any earlier public statements from him or any other board member as if they had spoken out sooner maybe the campaign would have gained wider support. As a former probation officer, I confidentially say IF the plans now in progress are carried to fruition public safety will be worsened, there will be additional prison places needed and almost certainly the overall financial cost will increase significantly. There is a petition asking the British parliament to debate this - the privatisation does NOT rely on an 'Act' of this current parliament but is being carried out using an Act of Parliament designed to retain local control probation services, not diminish them as the current plans do. I am not permitted to give the website for that petition but an internet search for "Do not privatise the Probation Service - e-petitions" should find it. Meanwhile I see that Tim Young Tweeted "I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as Labour's parliamentary candidate for #Clacton. #tim4clacton" on 30th November, so know doubt Clacton & Frinton folk will be reading much more about him after the local press report that! Tolkny

2:42pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Tolkny says...

I dyslexically wrote above " so know doubt Clacton & Frinton folk" instead of - so no doubt Clacton & Frinton folk - and missed it when I proof read my message - sorry for any confusion caused.
I dyslexically wrote above " so know doubt Clacton & Frinton folk" instead of - so no doubt Clacton & Frinton folk - and missed it when I proof read my message - sorry for any confusion caused. Tolkny

7:12pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Thanks for that Tolkny. So the real reason why Tim Young is resigning is he has expectations of becoming an MP! Why not just be open and upfront Tim?
Thanks for that Tolkny. So the real reason why Tim Young is resigning is he has expectations of becoming an MP! Why not just be open and upfront Tim? Say It As It Is OK?

7:27pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Tolkny says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Thanks for that Tolkny. So the real reason why Tim Young is resigning is he has expectations of becoming an MP! Why not just be open and upfront Tim?
I am not so sure - it is very understandable that a Probation Trust Board member resign at this point because the Ministry of Justice has just ordered Probation Trusts to reassign staff despite national negotiations having broken down at least in part because the MOJ have broken the rules.

Amongst some probation folk who are having their terms and conditions varied, he seems to be respected because as far as I am aware not one other Probation Board member in any of the 35 Pbn Trusts has resigned. They are all bound to do the bidding of The Lord Chancellor by the rules under which they operate which is totally in conflict with The Governments so called localism policies as far as I am concerned.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Thanks for that Tolkny. So the real reason why Tim Young is resigning is he has expectations of becoming an MP! Why not just be open and upfront Tim?[/p][/quote]I am not so sure - it is very understandable that a Probation Trust Board member resign at this point because the Ministry of Justice has just ordered Probation Trusts to reassign staff despite national negotiations having broken down at least in part because the MOJ have broken the rules. Amongst some probation folk who are having their terms and conditions varied, he seems to be respected because as far as I am aware not one other Probation Board member in any of the 35 Pbn Trusts has resigned. They are all bound to do the bidding of The Lord Chancellor by the rules under which they operate which is totally in conflict with The Governments so called localism policies as far as I am concerned. Tolkny

8:10pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Tolkny says...

I see he has published his resignation letter via the Colchester Labour Party Website ; - http://www.colcheste
rlabour.com/councill
or-resigns-in-privat
isation-protest

"28 November 2013

Dear Alan

It is with regret and a degree of reluctance that I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign from the Board of Essex Probation Trust with immediate effect. It is a decision that I have not made in haste, indeed it is something I have been wrestling with for some time, and I will set out why I believe that I can no longer serve on the board and, at the same time, retain any credibility and keep faithful to my principles and conscience.
The Government’s proposals for the future of the Probation Service are, to my mind, ideologically based and not in the interests of the public. They are, in fact, dangerous and will reduce public protection and not lead to a reduction in re-offending. It is my strong belief that the writing was on the wall when Chris Grayling replaced Ken Clarke as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and he is railroading his plans through parliament at the expense of staff who work in Probation and putting public safety at risk. These plans, which amount to privatisation, are untested, unpiloted and have no guarantee of achieving their stated aims.

It is ironic that at the time when Essex Probation has reached a performance rating of ‘exceptional’, making us one of the best-performing Trusts in the country, the Government has decided to abolish us from next April. It doesn’t make sense and I fear for the future of many of our skilled, able and experienced staff who are so well-qualified in the supervision of offenders and keeping the public safe.

The obsession with handing vital public services over to the private sector has a chequered history at best. There is little doubt that companies like G4S (they of the Olympic Security debacle) and Serco will be bidding for Probation Service contracts when they come up for tender next year. This is hugely worrying as we are already seeing the difficulties Serco are having with its contract managing London’s Probation Service; I understand that the Public Accounts Committee will take a detailed look at Serco’s work after allegations of serious failings. This comes just a few days after plans to privatise three prisons were cancelled because Serco became embroiled in a separate investigation relating to accusations that it over-charged the government for the electronic tagging of criminals. Are these really the sort of organisations we want taking over Probation services?

I have enjoyed my time as an Essex Probation Board Member (nearly a decade) and I have learned a great deal about the criminal justice system and the superb work done by Probation staff in supervising offenders, rehabilitation and protecting the public. We have a great team in Essex and they deserve better than the uncertainty and shambolic proposals being foisted upon them. I wish you and the rest of the Board well in keeping the Trust going for the next few months before abolition, I dare say you will be
overloaded with appeals from staff, industrial action and instructions from the Ministry of Justice and NOMS but I know you will try and act in the best interests of staff and the residents of Essex.

It was a pleasure to serve as your Vice-Chair and it was a privilege to spend some months as Interim Chair of Essex Probation before your appointment. It is only because I am so committed and passionate about the work of the Service that I feel I have no option but to step aside so that I can campaign with others to stop or, at least, delay the government’s deeply flawed and dangerous plans. As was said at our recent Board Meeting it is “certain” that someone will be killed who wouldn’t otherwise be killed as a result of these changes. I must, in my own small way, do something to prevent that from happening.

Yours truly,

Tim

Cllr Tim Young"
I see he has published his resignation letter via the Colchester Labour Party Website ; - http://www.colcheste rlabour.com/councill or-resigns-in-privat isation-protest "28 November 2013 Dear Alan It is with regret and a degree of reluctance that I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign from the Board of Essex Probation Trust with immediate effect. It is a decision that I have not made in haste, indeed it is something I have been wrestling with for some time, and I will set out why I believe that I can no longer serve on the board and, at the same time, retain any credibility and keep faithful to my principles and conscience. The Government’s proposals for the future of the Probation Service are, to my mind, ideologically based and not in the interests of the public. They are, in fact, dangerous and will reduce public protection and not lead to a reduction in re-offending. It is my strong belief that the writing was on the wall when Chris Grayling replaced Ken Clarke as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and he is railroading his plans through parliament at the expense of staff who work in Probation and putting public safety at risk. These plans, which amount to privatisation, are untested, unpiloted and have no guarantee of achieving their stated aims. It is ironic that at the time when Essex Probation has reached a performance rating of ‘exceptional’, making us one of the best-performing Trusts in the country, the Government has decided to abolish us from next April. It doesn’t make sense and I fear for the future of many of our skilled, able and experienced staff who are so well-qualified in the supervision of offenders and keeping the public safe. The obsession with handing vital public services over to the private sector has a chequered history at best. There is little doubt that companies like G4S (they of the Olympic Security debacle) and Serco will be bidding for Probation Service contracts when they come up for tender next year. This is hugely worrying as we are already seeing the difficulties Serco are having with its contract managing London’s Probation Service; I understand that the Public Accounts Committee will take a detailed look at Serco’s work after allegations of serious failings. This comes just a few days after plans to privatise three prisons were cancelled because Serco became embroiled in a separate investigation relating to accusations that it over-charged the government for the electronic tagging of criminals. Are these really the sort of organisations we want taking over Probation services? I have enjoyed my time as an Essex Probation Board Member (nearly a decade) and I have learned a great deal about the criminal justice system and the superb work done by Probation staff in supervising offenders, rehabilitation and protecting the public. We have a great team in Essex and they deserve better than the uncertainty and shambolic proposals being foisted upon them. I wish you and the rest of the Board well in keeping the Trust going for the next few months before abolition, I dare say you will be overloaded with appeals from staff, industrial action and instructions from the Ministry of Justice and NOMS but I know you will try and act in the best interests of staff and the residents of Essex. It was a pleasure to serve as your Vice-Chair and it was a privilege to spend some months as Interim Chair of Essex Probation before your appointment. It is only because I am so committed and passionate about the work of the Service that I feel I have no option but to step aside so that I can campaign with others to stop or, at least, delay the government’s deeply flawed and dangerous plans. As was said at our recent Board Meeting it is “certain” that someone will be killed who wouldn’t otherwise be killed as a result of these changes. I must, in my own small way, do something to prevent that from happening. Yours truly, Tim Cllr Tim Young" Tolkny

1:00am Sun 8 Dec 13

TheEqualisers says...

four different posts on line and probably in the chip paper in one week.....this indicates the YOUNG publicity bandwagon is rolling thunder to fuel the announcement that he is standing for the seat in his own home town of clacton or shall we call it C.O.S. that's a good one cos.

the gazette should know better than to fuel old bruisers appetite to get his boat in the rag...London rhyming slang young y will need to get used to that for the weekend....long good Friday brigade....

the whole issue with this family is an absolute bl***dy joke they need to turn to comedy for a living...

you don't dump on an agency at your convenience just because you have some pang of conscience right at the moment when the ship is going down...

this is typical of this person and their ideals....

after Carswell has given him a good thrashing at the polls.....please can someone

A. cease giving press coverage

B. Colchester please for F**KS sake dont allow them any more seats, clout or jobs in our community...

visualising the picture photos in the paper is quite painful .....its bad enough sometimes i have to sit near him in church....you can bet your bottom dollar I am asking God for a number of requests then....

youve been in three times this week its all B******T everyone knows whats going on....we are all not D****EDS!!! But clacton will be if they vote you in?
four different posts on line and probably in the chip paper in one week.....this indicates the YOUNG publicity bandwagon is rolling thunder to fuel the announcement that he is standing for the seat in his own home town of clacton or shall we call it C.O.S. that's a good one cos. the gazette should know better than to fuel old bruisers appetite to get his boat in the rag...London rhyming slang young y will need to get used to that for the weekend....long good Friday brigade.... the whole issue with this family is an absolute bl***dy joke they need to turn to comedy for a living... you don't dump on an agency at your convenience just because you have some pang of conscience right at the moment when the ship is going down... this is typical of this person and their ideals.... after Carswell has given him a good thrashing at the polls.....please can someone A. cease giving press coverage B. Colchester please for F**KS sake dont allow them any more seats, clout or jobs in our community... visualising the picture photos in the paper is quite painful .....its bad enough sometimes i have to sit near him in church....you can bet your bottom dollar I am asking God for a number of requests then.... youve been in three times this week its all B******T everyone knows whats going on....we are all not D****EDS!!! But clacton will be if they vote you in? TheEqualisers

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