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Probation: Manpower

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what changes he plans to make to staffing levels in the Kent probation area; and if he will make a statement. (206847)

In this financial year the Probation Service has received an extra £40 million. Kent's share in this was £1.2 million. This additional money, to support intensive work in the community with the most prolific offenders and increase Probation resource in courts to maintain sentencer confidence in community penalties, enabled the Kent Board to reconsider its previous position on compulsory redundancies.

This extra funding is in addition to an average 2.7 per cent. increase on the 2007-08 Probation budgets and on an average of an extra 5.4 per cent. in respect of approved premises.

Overall staffing levels in Kent probation increased by 7.4 per cent. between 2003 and 2007 (up 33.66 FTE to 488.50 FTE). Over the same period, staff in post increased by 12.6 per cent. in Probation Officer roles (up 18.75 FTE to 167.3 FTE) and 7.3 per cent. in Probation Services Officer roles (up 10.41 FTE to 153.7 FTE).