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Offenders: Rehabilitation

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much was spent on providing behavioural programmes for offenders (a) in custody and (b) serving community sentences in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement; (196127)

(2) what funding has been allocated for the provision of behavioural programmes for offenders (a) in custody and (b) serving community sentences for 2008-09, broken down by funding source; and if he will make a statement.

The funding for the delivery of accredited offending behaviour programmes in custody is part of establishment baselines, therefore it is not possible to accurately disaggregate the cost of this work. The Prison Service is currently working on developing a costing process to provide more accurate costs for regime activities and interventions.

Additional funding was provided by the Government to expand the delivery of accredited offending behaviour programmes in custody as shown in the following table:

£ million

Additional funding source

Comprehensive spending review

Crime reduction programme

Spending review 2000

1999-2000

7.3

0.7

2000-01

8.4

1.1

2001-02

8.9

1.5

2002-03

8.9

3.6

2003-04

8.9

11.6

Based on an estimated average cost per programme completion and the number of completions in 2006-07, we estimate that the cost of delivering accredited offending behaviour programmes in 2006-07 to be approximately £25 million. A similar amount will be spent in 2007-08.

In addition, governors and area managers may allocate funds from their budgets to support local initiatives or partnerships with outside organisations or the voluntary sector to address particular needs. This information is not recorded centrally.

Probation Boards fund the cost of providing behavioural programmes for offenders in the community through their grant as they see fit to meet their statutory duties. Data is only available on the budgeted cost of delivering programmes to offenders under probation supervision, which includes offenders on community sentences and on licence in the community following a custodial sentence. Probation Boards’ budgeted spend on behavioural programmes is as follows:

£ million

2005-06

77

2006-07

85

2007-08

86.5

The requested information relating to expenditure for years leading up to 2005 is not recorded centrally.