Probation service story reads like April Fools gag

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IF the Gazette’s article about possible job losses in the probation services had appeared the day before and on the same page as that about the possibility of Joe McElderry hosting Top Gear it would have been much more difficult to spot the April Fool.

 That the newly-privatised probation service is to replace trained and experienced social workers with machines beggars belief.

 This is another example of the result of this Government privatising public services. The driving force of private enterprise is a healthy one of turning a profit. Public service by its nature cannot be profitable, and needs to be financed by public funding.

 Will any party in the coming election campaign commit to increasing public expenditure on our public services such as the probation service and NHS, and finance it by the increase in taxation so obviously needed?

Martin Taylor,

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