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Working Links

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 221804, tabled on 14 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that employees of Working Links in Wales and South West England will continue to be paid if their employer ceases to trade.

Answered on

21 February 2019

I refer the Hon. Member to the written statement the Secrtary of State made to the House on 18 February. Our central priority is of course to protect the public, ensuring that we have the right supervision of offenders in place, and that probation staff are supported in their important work.

You will be aware that Working Links (Employment) Limited and its three Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC): Wales CRC; Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire CRC; and Dorset, Devon and Cornwall CRC went into administration on 14 February 2019.

In order to maintain service continuity, we transferred the services previously provided by the Working Links’ CRCs to Kent, Surrey and Sussex CRC (owned by Seetec) on 15 February 2019. Provision is in place to ensure that all former Working Links CRC staff will be paid as normal this month.