Chancellor announces extra £55 million for MoJ

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On Wednesday this week the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, announced an extra £55 million for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). This amounts to a real terms increase of just under 5% in the department’s budget.

Although he also said there would be additional funding for “crucial probation reforms that will help reduce reoffending and improve post-custody supervision”, the review was only specific about the delivery of the government’s commitment to an additional 10,000 prison places.

In the Review Statement  the Chancellor states that the MoJ settlement includes:

  • a 4.9% increase in real terms to the department’s resource budget from 2019-20 to 2020-21;
  • funding to begin delivery of the government’s £2.5 billion commitment to create an additional 10,000 prison places, which forms an important part of the government’s plan to crack down on crime;
  • £100 million to increase security in prisons through the introduction of more airport-style security scanners, mobile phone detection and prevention technology, and anti-corruption and intelligence operations;
  • £55 million across the criminal justice system to support the work of 20,000 additional police officers; and
  • additional funding to support the ongoing reform of the probation system, which will help reduce reoffending and improve the quality of post-custody supervision.

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