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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

March 24, 2010: Justice Budget Cuts

The Ministry of Justice has announced that it will deliver £343m of savings, as the departmental contribution towards £11bn savings that are being made across Government.

The Budget has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to making £11bn of savings a year by 2012/13 from efficiency and streamlining the centre of Government.The Pre-Budget Report 2009 announced that £11bn savings would be delivered by 2012/13.

The £11bn of savings will help halve the deficit over four years and protect front-line priorities. The savings will come following the work of the Operational Efficiency Programme and Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government.

The department will meet this target through a range of activities, including:

  • Saving £27m by 2012/13 by reducing the cost of the Ministry of Justice’s arm’s-length bodies, including by reducing their number by one third this year, streamlining the Legal Services Commission (and moving it to Executive Agency status), efficiencies from the Youth Justice Board, bringing together Her Majesty’s Courts Service and the Tribunals Service into a unified agency, abolishing the 19 Courts Boards, and reviewing the role and operation of the Judicial Appointments Commission (subject to legislative approvals).
  • The estates strategy will relocate 1,000 posts out of central London by 2015, and where value for money is demonstrated these posts will move out of London. At least 50% will move out of London and the South East. This will enable the Ministry of Justice to rationalise its London estate from 18 buildings to four, with savings reaching £41m by 2015. In addition, the Ministry of Justice will explore further opportunities for creating regional hubs.
  • Spending less on procurement and consultancy: significant savings have already been realised through major renegotiations across large contracts, and we will drive further savings from our procurement and reductions in the use of consultants and contractors, with savings of £25m by 2012/13.
  • Reducing the cost of the Senior Civil Service by 20%, saving £5m by 2012/13.
  • Introducing a shared service centre for back office HR, payroll, finance and procurement transactions, providing services to 81,000 staff within the Ministry of Justice, saving £25 million by 2013/14.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw commented:

‘The efficiency savings that have been announced today will ensure that whilst making these important changes we continue to deliver front-line services across the justice system and ensuring best value for taxpayers’ money. We have already made excellent progress towards £1 billion of savings the department committed to make within the current Spending Review.’

In addition to Operational Efficiency and Smarter Government savings of £343m, the Ministry of Justice will make a contribution to the Public Value Programme, by saving £360m through reforms across the criminal justice system and legal aid, including:

  • A rigorous process of benchmarking and costed service specifications for prisons and probation will save £40m with inefficient prisons to be put out to competition. Five competitions were launched in November. Further savings will be made by improving the management of casework through the criminal justice system and making better use of the court estate. Twenty magistrates’ courts will be closed in the first phase of this work
  • Further reforms to legal aid, including the introduction of means testing for Crown Court cases from April, saving up to £50m, and proposals to restructure the criminal legal aid market, by consolidating the number of providers and increasing competition, as set out in Restructuring the delivery of criminal defence services published by Justice Secretary on 22 March 2010.