It has recently been revealed that Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has wasted £15m on consultants advising on the much-criticised privatisation of the probation service. Among those in receipt of the £15m payment were accountants EY, management consultants PA Consulting and Collinson Grant, as well as outsourcer BancTec. The firms have roles on the privatisation reforms – Transforming Rehabilitation, until next April 2015.
Transforming Rehabilitation involves splitting the probation service in two and privatising 70% of it, with multinationals very prominent among the recently announced ‘preferred bidders’. With no evidence to base the reforms on, complaints from every quarter and one bidder already having withdrawn from the process, this huge bill for consultants shows the flagrant disregard that the government has for the justice system or in getting value for money.
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To see the article in the Independent newspaper, please see Leftly, M. ‘Fury over £15m bill for consultants on probation deal‘, The Independent, 13 November 2014.