THE government is “sneaking out” controversial plans to privatise 150 civil servants’ jobs, public-sector union PCS warned yesterday.
Staff who collect court fines have been told that HM Courts & Tribunals Service is in talks with “providers,” with bosses claiming that outsourcing could save millions of pounds.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The last time ministers tried to do something similar, it ended up costing taxpayers £8 million before being abandoned. “Now they’re trying to avoid scrutiny by sneaking it out during the summer holiday.
“This work is highly sensitive and should remain in-house instead of being handed to private bailiffs whose motive is profit.”
A Courts & Tribunals Service spokesman said: “We take the recovery and enforcement of court fines very seriously and it is vital that offenders either pay or are brought back before the court.
“While no decisions have been made, we are in discussion with providers to extend the work of approved enforcement agencies, which would save the taxpayer more than £18 million over the next five years.”