In a further sign that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is clearing the decks ahead of the planned probation privatisation, it has announced that Serco's Community Payback contract in London will stop by the end of this year.
The announcement was smuggled into a footnote in an MoJ press release issued today. The MoJ also announced that no new participants will enter the payment by results pilot scheme at Doncaster prison after the end of 2014.
The coming probation privatisation disaster (22 January, 2014)
'Best in the business' bidding for probation work (19 December, 2013)
Serco and G4S can bid for contracts, says Grayling (15 September, 2013)
Serco: 'The biggest company you've never heard of' (30 July, 2013)