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Government sets up FM company to take over Carillion contracts

29 January 2018

Staff formerly employed by Carillion on prison FM contracts will be employed by a new company created by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the government has announced.

Gov Facility Services has been established and will begin to deliver services as soon as the formal transfer of employees takes place, said the government.

Services provided will include cleaning, reactive maintenance, landscaping and planned building and repair work.

This will require the transfer of approximately 1,000 former Carillion staff to the new Gov Facility Services government-run organisation.

Also included in this number will be 100 contractors, with the aim of the operation to continue to deliver services to 52 prison establishments.

The government stated that the move will see services provided to 52 prisons "continue unaffected in the transfer".

Contracts will continue to be delivered to establishments across the South West, South Central, Kent, Sussex, Greater London and the East of England.

Justice Secretary David Gauke described the government's contingency plans as "robust" to ensure that prison FM services "continue to operate normally".

"I want to reassure staff that their jobs are secure and essential to making prisons safer and more decent," he said.

Permanent Secretary Richard Heaton confirmed the contingency plan and thanked "all the Carillion staff who are moving across into the new company, and reassure them that their jobs are secure.

"The vital work they do to maintain and improve our prisons is greatly valued and appreciated," he said.

Mr Heaton further stated that the MoJ and Her Majesty's Prisons and Probation Service will work with all stakeholders "to ensure a stable service which retains skilled and knowledgeable staff working on the FM contracts".

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