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Crime Prevention: Finance

Volume 506: debated on Monday 1 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on preventing (a) re-offending and (b) antisocial behaviour in 2008-09; and how much it plans to spend for each such purpose in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12. (318113)

The Home Office spent £145,700,000 in 2008-09 in England and plans to spend £155,000,000 in 2009-10 in England and Wales on specific programmes to prevent re-offending including the Drugs Intervention Programme, Integrated Offender Management and Prolific and other Priority Offender (PPO) Programme. Spending on specific programmes to prevent anti-social behaviour was £818,000 in 2008-9 and planned to be £1,977,000 in 2009-10.

A number of specific and individual Home Office grants have now been combined into area based grant (ABG), which is allocated to local authorities on a three-year basis to maximise stability and certainty. The receiving authorities have flexibility to use ABG as they see fit to deliver local, regional and national priorities in their respective areas. The position in Wales is slightly different, whereby the funding for community safety partnerships has been consolidated into the crime reduction and antisocial behaviour national resource grant. In both England and Wales, it is for local partnerships to agree how the grants received should be allocated against locally determined priorities, including antisocial behaviour.

Final allocations for 2010-11 have yet to be confirmed, and budgets for 2011-12 will be the subject of a future allocations exercise.