Trade union Napo has today warned that the probation service is in ‘meltdown’ due to cuts across the service.
It said the government was planning to reduce the service’s budget in England and Wales from £914m in 2008-9 to £794m in 2011-12.
The union claimed this would result in cuts of between 13% and 25% in probation areas over the next three years and it estimated that up to 2,500 jobs could be lost.
Napo said: “This will affect the ability of the Probation Service to provide supervision and programmes and prevent re-offending. Napo has calculated that a 25% reduction in supervision and programmes will lead to the commission of at last 300,000 additional offences a year.”