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Prison Service: Working Conditions

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government are taking to improve conditions of work for prison staff. (205536)

Workforce modernisation formed a recommendation in Lord Carter’s report ‘Securing the Future.’ The Workforce Modernisation Programme was formed to focus on developing new pay and grading for all staff working in National Offender Management Service and new workforce structures for all staff working in prison. New pay and grading structures will be underpinned by the new Job Evaluation System to ensure that pay and reward is fair across our different staffing groups. However, development of the different projects shaping aspects of the programme are in their early stages and no decisions have been made on whether changes to terms and conditions will be required.