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S5W-09686: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason a recent bonus payment of £2,000 has been made to prison officers in certain grades and not in others or to Scottish Prison Service civil servants, and what changes there were in the role of the officers who received the payment.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 29 June 2017

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has been clear that the payments that have been made to Prison Officers are connected to their continuing engagement with the process of transformational change. This change will deliver a new operating model which it is anticipated will see Prison Officers recognised as Justice Professionals.

The reform underway within SPS will require greater flexibility from frontline Prison Officers and a willingness to acquire new specialist skills and undertake new training and qualifications. The payments are being made in recognition that the effect of that change will be disproportionally felt by that staff group.