Magazine article Public Finance

Prison Review Threatens Staff Pay and Conditions, Warns PCS

Magazine article Public Finance

Prison Review Threatens Staff Pay and Conditions, Warns PCS

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A wide-ranging review of Prison Service finances could introduce damaging changes to staff pay and grading systems, Whitehall's largest trade union has warned.

The Public and Commercial Services union, which represents thousands of Home Office and Prison Service staff, said it fears that a new pay system will be imposed by ministers and senior officials desperate to make savings after this year's Comprehensive Spending Review.

Prison Service director general Phil Wheatley has written to all prison governors and area managers informing them that an internal workforce pay and grading review is under way - the first major assessment of the services creaking system for 20 years.

The pay study, led by Sandy McEwan from the National Offender Management Service, will feed into a wider review of the Prison Service undertaken by Lord Carter.

But Mike Nolan, the unions Prison Service group president, said: '[PS] management has been very reticent to give us all the details and one can only assume that there is a hidden agenda. …

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