Delyn MP David Hanson has today spoken out against the Government’s decision to renege on a commitment to safeguard the interests of North Wales in the new all-Wales Probation Trust.
The new Probation Trust came into effect back in April of this year and in order to safeguard the interests of North Wales it was a requirement that either the Chair or Vice Chair be based in North Wales. In addition the number of board members from North Wales was increased from two, as put forward in the original proposals, to three.
The coalition Government has decided to tear up these safeguards leaving North Wales to the potential migration of resources down south.
David Hanson said:
“In establishing the all-Wales Probation Trust, the previous Labour Government was concerned to ensure that the disparate economic and community characteristics of North Wales were adequately represented.
“This safeguard for North Wales was a key factor in the implementation of the all-Wales Probation Trust and it is a disgrace that the Government has already reneged on this commitment.
“I have written to the Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt MP and demanded that this decision is reviewed.”
Notes to editors:
In a letter to David Hanson MP from the then Justice Minister, Maria Eagle MP, on the 1st February 2010, the safeguards for North Wales were set out:
In making the decision to create an all-Wales Trust I have been concerned to ensure that the disparate economic and community characteristics of North Wales are adequately represented. In addition, I wanted to guard against any danger that, over time, resources would migrate from the North Wales area to South Wales
To safeguard the interest of North Wales the Secretary of State will require one of the Chair or Vice Chair to be based in North Wales and to give the North Wales three board members for local representation, rather than the two they would have under the proposals as first put forward.