MINISTER DECLINES SHOTTS SHOWDOWN OVER PRISON PENSIONS

27th June 2019

I previously wrote to the Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office regarding the Prison Officer pension age and to invite him to HMP Shotts to meet with staff and inmates to show how he, at the age of 62, could meet the physical standards required of Officers who are expected to retire at 68.

Sadly, the Cabinet Secretary did not respond and my invitation has not been accepted. But I have been contacted by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Oliver Dowden MP.

Police Officers can retire at 60, but the UK Government are forcing Prison Officers to work longer in such a dangerous and physical frontline role. Just because Prison Officers are out of sight, does not mean they should be out of mind.