Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has emphasised the government's plans to "harness the mentoring skills of the voluntary sector" in an effort to stop prisoners re-offending.
No extra funding will be allocated to the project, but Grayling said that this was "a classic example of where the public sector needs to do more for less."
"We need a [probation] system that is less bureaucratic, more focussed on delivery, and I think that by driving down the costs that we have, we can release the funds that we need."
More top news
Cricket stars, celebrities and fans have joined a social media campaign paying tribute to Phil Hughes by leaving their cricket bats out.
Eight out of 10 asthma sufferers are not getting enough clinical care, a leading health charity has found.
Phillip Schofield has revealed that an eccentric fan who wanted to marry him arranged a wedding - leaving him with the bill.