The second year of operating the infrastructure of the prison and probation service has been “challenging”, according to a report by the company that operates the facilities management.
The annual report and accounts covering 2019/20 by Gov Facility Services Limited (GFSL), continued to focus on providing key facilities management (FM) services within the southern region for Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), sponsored by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
It stated that the second year of operation proved to be almost as challenging as the first, although “for slightly different reasons”.
The business continued to face challenges with respect to “the ongoing development of its core operating infrastructure and associated management processes required to underpin operations, the recruitment of additional technical staff from an extremely challenging FM marketplace, and the ongoing
focus from the prisons service to achieve higher levels of estates assurance and planned maintenance outputs”.
Despite the challenges, the business says it made “substantial headway” when it came to ”planned maintenance and repair work completed on time, the level of health and safety and statutory compliance assurance work completed in the region as a whole, the level of capital investment projects completed, and the number of work placement hours made available to offenders under the existing Clean, Rehabilitative, Enabling and Decent (CRED) programme”.
The business also helped “to improve the quality of the technical asset and life cycle investment information available to the service”, indicates the report.
It acknowledges the challenges of operating the prison system and concluded that it would focus on “getting the basics right” and “remain focused on further delivering sustainable, controlled, efficient and cost-effective services on behalf of both the HMPPS client and wider department”.