The transfer of staff from probation trusts to the National Probation Service (NPS) based within NOMS and to relevant Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) took place, for the majority of staff on 1 June 2014.
The relevant transfer schemes – the main one being the Offender Management Act 2007 (Probation Service) Staff Transfer Scheme 2014 – set out the terms of transfer.
Before the transfer a National Agreement was reached with the Probation Service unions and MoJ.
Reason for publishing
Purely as a resource tool for potential legacy issues the handbook, together with the National Agreement, are placed here for easy access.
The transfer of staff took place in 2014 and it is not anticipated that substantial legacy issues will arise.
Posting the handbook and the National Agreement to the handbook for these purposes has no separate legal effect.
There is no intention to create any legal status in respect of either document by this action nor should it be assumed that it is accepted that any contractual status attaches to them.
It follows that posting the documents should not be taken as providing any evidence of an intention or particular interpretation with regard to the provisions within these documents.
The transfer scheme is legally binding as it is made under powers set out in the Offender Management act 2007 and any provision in the handbook, if relevant, has to be read alongside the terms of the transfer scheme.