Survey on CPS finds morale is suffering

MORE than half the CPS's staff believe they are not treated with fairness and respect, according to a survey carried out by the service's senior managers.

The survey, which has been distributed among staff, pre-empts a major poll to test the opinions and morale of the service's lawyers which is being conducted by the CPS section of the Association of First Division Civil Servants (FDA).

It found that while 78 per cent of staff were satisfied with their job variety, more than half were unhappy with their pay and training. Fifty-five per cent felt they were not treated with fairness or respect and 58 per cent were not satisfied that the CPS provided a high quality service to the public.

Unlike the forthcoming FDA research, the survey was conducted among all staff and does not give a detailed breakdown of the morale of lawyers in the service.

Earlier this year the FDA's CPS section passed a resolution expressing its “loss of confidence” in the management.

But the survey only mentions prosecutors by name once when it says 70 per cent “were particularly likely to be dissatisfied with the opportunity to provide ideas”.

Kevin Goodwin, convenor of the FDA's CPS section, said it was a sad reflection on those running the service that so many staff felt they were not treated with fairness and respect.

A CPS spokesman said the results tallied with the findings in other organisations of the CPS's size, and would help the management draw up a human resources action plan.