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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

February 2, 2005: Investing in Probation

Probation Boards in England and Wales will receive an average 10.7 per cent budget increase in the next financial year, Prisons and Probation Minister Paul Goggins announced today. The increase for individual boards ranges from 7.7 per cent to 16.5 per cent and reflects the varying workloads in individual areas.

This increased funding will ensure that the growing effectiveness of community penalties will continue, and will compliment the ongoing recruitment of about 2000 new Probation staff. The total allocation to Probation for 2005/2006 is £945m compared to £865m for 2004/2005.

Just over £620m, compared to £560m in 2004/05, is being allocated between the 42 local probation boards. The remaining money, just over £300m, will be allocated centrally. The central allocation will cover probation's core delivery such as: modernising Approved Premises (hostels), improving staff training and performance bonuses and the continuation of special funding for metropolitan areas.

Making the announcement, Paul Goggins said:

"The National Offender Management Service, underpinned by a balanced approach to sentencing, is beginning to make a real difference. While dangerous and sexual offenders are going to prison for longer, minor offenders are being diverted to community penalties – which are more robust than ever before. As a result, the growth of the prison population has slowed and we are now making this huge investment to ensure better and more effective supervision of offenders in the community. This will mean more effective community sentences and more intensive supervision of those released from prison."