Mon Nov 01 2021
It will be victims, courts and prisons that benefit from the MOJ’s new funding increase
The MOJ (Ministry of Justice) will be pumping an additional £11.5bn into their budget by the end of the current parliament, a 12% boost year on year to help drive recovery across the UK.
An additional £2.2bn will be spent on the courts, prisons and probation service; £550 million will go to cutting reoffending rates and an additional £185 million will go as a boost to victim support services.
The new spending comes with a commitment to cut crime and restore the publics trust in the UK’s justice system.
Another £1bn has been ear marked to boost capacity post COVID and accelerate the recovery after the pandemic. That includes £447 million to deliver a swifter access to justice by improving waiting times and reducing court backlogs.
The additional £185 million to be spent on victim support services will fund an additional 1,000 independent sexual and domestic violence advisors by the end of 2023/25 and a 24/7 crisis helpline for victims.
18,000 additional prison places will use up a further £3.5bn, the biggest prison-building program for more than a century, with an additional £250m being spent on 2,000 temporary prison places in the meantime.
The pandemic created unprecedented challenges but this settlement is the largest increase in more than a decade for the justice system. That means we can focus on building a better, more efficient, justice system for all. The extra investment will help us protect the public by bringing criminals to justice quicker, reducing stubborn reoffending rates and supporting victims better than ever before.
Finally, £324 million will be spent over a three-year period to increase efficiency and timeliness in civil and family court and the threshold and eligibility of legal aid will be increased in civil cases and family court, benefitting millions annually.
Mon Nov 01 2021