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16 May 2019

Probation service to be re-nationalised following Grayling reforms

Senior Home Affairs Correspondent

When Chris Grayling part-privatised the probation service in 2014 opponents warned that the public could be put at risk and unqualified staff be put in charge of managing offenders.

Five years later – after re-offending rates skyrocketed and tax payers were left £500 million poorer – the government has announced the service is to be re-nationalised.

Mr Grayling’s critics say this latest U-turn – added to previous failings such as the ferry and train timetable fiascoes – mean he should resign as transport secretary.