These local spending reports provide a geographical breakdown of expenditure provided to the regions by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS), youth offending teams and local criminal justice boards.
Data covers the years 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10, where data exists in a comparable format.
Section 6 of the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 (‘the Act’) requires the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to make arrangements for the production of local spending reports.
The aim of local spending reports is to support local authorities, their partners and local people in promoting the sustainability of local communities by providing more information about the funding that is spent in their area.
Alongside other publications these data will increase transparency and enable the public to hold politicians and public bodies to account. This will help to deliver better value for money in public spending, and help us achieve our aim of cutting the record deficit.
The expenditure listed is resource expenditure unless otherwise stated (capital expenditure on buildings and other assets that will be used for more than one year are excluded; notional depreciation charges for assets used over the year are included).
Further notes are provided below on the scope of the individual data sets.
The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, and brings together HM Prison Service and the Probation Service to enable a more effective delivery of their services.
Responsibility for delivering a reduction in reoffending and the management of offenders is devolved to nine regional offices in England and one office in Wales. Each is responsible for:
- commissioning services
- developing a reducing reoffending delivery plan
- coordinating partnerships.
Major organisational reform of NOMS was announced in January 2008, where Regional Offender Managers (ROMs) were replaced by Directors of Offender Management (DOMs) in each of the regions in England and Wales, combining responsibility for prisons and probation services in their region. As a result, expenditure for the year 2007/08 is not available on a comparable basis with 2008/09 and 2009/10 and has been excluded from this dataset.
Also included in these data is national spend. This includes administrative expenditure and, but also includes operational spending such as high security prisons, private prisons, and expenditure on prisoner escort contract services.
HM Courts Service regions
HM Courts Service (HMCS) provides administration of the civil, family and criminal courts in England and Wales. Its remit is to deliver justice effectively and efficiently to the public.
HMCS is structured into 23 areas within 7 regions, together with the Royal Courts of Justice group whose role includes the administration of the Court of Appeal, High Court and Probate Service. Further information about the coverage of HMCS regions can be found in HMCS annual report.
In addition to the gross resource expenditure, this spending report includes details of HMCS income from areas including fine income, civil court fees and receipts in relation to the victims surcharge.
Youth Justice Board funding to youth offending teams
The YJB oversees the youth justice system in England and Wales. It works to prevent offending and reoffending by children and young people under the age of 18, and to ensure that custody for them is safe, secure, and addresses the causes of their offending behaviour.
The YJB delivers services through youth offending teams (YOTs). There is a youth offending team (YOT) in every local authority in England and Wales. They are made up of representatives from the police, Probation Service, social services, health, education, drugs and alcohol misuse and housing officers. Each YOT is managed by a YOT manager who is responsible for co-ordinating the work of the youth justice services.
Because the YOT incorporates representatives from a wide range of services, they also receive funding directly or indirectly from a wide range of sources. The Youth Justice Board provides central funding to YOTs. The YJB itself receives funding from a number of sources, which over the period 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 included the Department for Children Schools and Families (now the Department for Education) and the Home Office in addition to the Ministry of Justice. This file represents all the funding provided to YOTs by the YJB, regardless of its source.
YOTs may receive additional funding from their local authority, or other sources. This funding is not included in this dataset.
Local criminal justice boards
At a local level, the work of the criminal justice system agencies is co-ordinated by 42 local criminal justice boards (LCJBs) across England and Wales. These boards bring together the chief officers of the CJS agencies to co-ordinate activity and share responsibility for delivering criminal justice in their areas.
We also support the LCJBs to develop their local delivery structures and to work more actively with local partnerships and the community.
As LCJBs incorporate representatives from a wide range of services, they receive funding directly or indirectly from a wide range of sources. Central funding to LCJBs was provided by the Office of Criminal Justice Reform, which became part of the Ministry of Justice on its formation. The responsibility for criminal justice reform now sits with the Department itself.
This file represents funding provided to LCJBs from the OCJR / MoJ only in the period 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11. The funding comprises a grant to maintain LCJB support arrangements and a smaller grant to enable further development under the ‘Realising the Potential’ work programme. The 4 welsh LCJBs also receive a grant towards the cost of translation.