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Strategic Spending Review 2014-15 and the justice budget 2013-14

2012 September 21

“A key development in this area [community justice] since the last draft budget is that the Commission on Women Offenders has now reported. The Commission made a number of recommendations in relation to women offenders, and the Scottish Government’s response set out how they would be addressed. Spend flowing from this response will be identified from within existing budgets, but the £20 million that has been allocated to SPS for women offenders will be a constituent part of that response.

We have also created a £7.5 million Reducing Reoffending Change Fund, which will take a person-centred approach to reintegration by providing offenders with substantial one-to-one support through evidence-based mentoring schemes. Our key target groups are women offenders and prolific male offenders. Prolific male offenders tend to receive short prison sentences and funding designed to increase the uptake of voluntary through-care should improve the outcomes for this group of men and their families. Working to rehabilitate women offenders, particularly those who have dependent children, cuts to the heart of preventative spending and early intervention, and ultimately to reductions in offending among future generations.” From: Equality Statement: Scottish Draft Budget 2013-14

Update

Following posted on 2.11.11

“Judges on £172,000 salaries ‘should be paid more’” Scotsman
“Fears judges’ pay freeze deterring top candidates” Herald

Following posted on 1.11.11

“COPFS still has sufficient staff, Mulholland claims” Law Society Journal Online
“MacAskill pressured over legal case backlog” Herald

Following posted on 26.10.11

“Prisons chief: scrap jail for under a year” Scotsman
“Staff cutbacks causing case backlog, say fiscals” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 3.10.11

“Justice” Herald
“A qualified welcome for a measured budget” Scotsman
“Figures make unhappy reading for public sector” Scotsman
“Scottish budget breakdown” BBC
“Scotland budget: John Swinney on ‘relentless’ pursuit of efficiency” BBC

Press release“A Scottish budget for jobs and growth” Scot.Gov. (Sept. 2012)
“Justice – Spending Review” Scot.Gov. (September 2011)

See alsoScottish Draft Budget 2013-14 (justice section)
Equality Statement: Scottish Draft Budget 2013-14 (justice section)

Justice Committee Official Report 25.10.11
Justice Committee Current Business: Draft Budget 2012-13 and Spending Review 2011 Scrutiny | Written submissions received

“Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13” Scot.Gov. (September 2011)
Scottish Government Response to the McClelland Review of ICT Infrastructure in the Public Sector in Scotland
Equality Statement Scottish Spending Review 2011 and Draft Budget 2012-13
Spending Review 2011 (Speech)
Scottish Parliament Official Report 21.9.11: Strategic Spending Review

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