In a written Ministerial Statement, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling has today announced the Preferred Bidders for the 21 Community Rehabilitation Company contracts as part of Transforming Rehabliation - the programme to reform probation services.
Key documents can be found at:
- Ministerial Statement from the Ministry of Justice
- Press release from the Ministry of Justice
- List of Preferred Bidders for Transforming Rehabilitation
Speaking to Alan Travis at the Guardian in response to the announcement, Matt Robinson, Head of Strategy and Market Development at Big Society Capital said:
“The announcement of preferred bidders for probation services is very disappointing. We had hoped, and had worked hard to achieve, a much higher level of participation at the prime contractor level for charities and social enterprises, who would have brought their wealth of experience in knowing what works in tackling re-offending. Despite the rhetoric, the prime contracts now look set to be dominated by large private companies.”