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Learn the lessons, says Smith.

SHADOW Welsh Secretary Owen Smith claims the Government's proposals to have private firms look after some offenders will undermine Wales Probation just months after its creation.

The Pontypridd Labour MP said ministers ignored pilots to see whether payment by results actually works and "they are proposing that probation services deal with thousands of extra offenders a year without a guarantee of additional funding".

While everyone wanted to see re-offending fall, said Mr Smith, Westminster was ignoring the lessons that should have been learned from "the likes of G4S who didn't cover themselves in glory with their security for last year's London Olympics".
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 11, 2013
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