HMP Liverpool report raises more very serious questions about the outsourcing of Government contracts – Richard Burgon

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Richard
Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary,
responding to the report into HMP Liverpool by the Chief
Inspector of Prisons, said:

“After
Carillion’s collapse, this report raises more very serious questions about the
outsourcing of Government contracts.

“Private
contractor Amey has failed to complete thousands of maintenance jobs at HMP
Liverpool and the Government must explain why it is continuing to receive
public money when the work simply isn’t being done.

“The
conditions at HMP Liverpool with rat infestations, leaking toilets, damp and
squalor are the worst ever seen by inspectors. This is a new low in the long
list of damning evidence that shows Tory outsourcing and cuts to the prison
service are fuelling a crisis in our prisons.

“Labour in
government would look at bringing prison maintenance contracts back in house.
The Government must now do the same.”

Ends