This is welcome news for everybody concerned, the members of the public and the people on probation themselves. I well remember the furore on Twitter some years ago when then members of the probation service were up in arms about the damage being done to their service.

Apparently this process started a year ago

It’s not the first time a Conservative Government have thought better of allowing a natural monopoly to be run by private companies. When Boris Johnson was Mayor of London he ended the Public Private Partnership, then in place for maintenance of London Underground, and hid his announcement by releasing it during a General Election campaign, but he did so nonetheless. You can read about it here:-

PPP abandoned – the last nail in the coffin for Brown