Think-tank warns Justice budget facing Tory cuts of 48 per cent
New analysis published by the Resolution Foundation has shown that the Ministry of Justice is facing cuts of 48 per cent by 2024, at a time where funding shortfalls have pushed the prison system to breaking point.
In their report, the foundation warns that "unprotected departments will still, on average, record cuts in every year from 2020-21[...] this would mean real-terms per capita RDEL cuts between 2009-10 and 2023-24 of 48 per cent, 52 per cent and 77 per cent for the departments of Justice, Business and Transport respectively."
Meanwhile, recent statistics show that UK prisons are facing their worst crisis in years, as rates of self-harm and violent attacks have risen 20 percent this year alone. On average there is now one assault that takes place in a prison in the UK every 20 minutes.
Paul Johnson, chair of the Institute of Fiscal Affairs warned “many public services are going to feel squeezed for some time to come, cuts are not about to be reversed”.
“If I were a prison governor, a local authority chief executive or a headteacher, I would struggle to find much to celebrate”.
Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow of Secretary of State for Justice, also said the figures made "alarming reading".
“Under the Tories, our justice system has already been cut to the bone. Further cuts will push justice from crisis to breaking point.”
The Conservatives have denied slashing the department's budget, with Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke commenting: "I am pleased that the Treasury has given us this extra £52 million which will help address the acute problems facing our prisons and begin to improve the conditions of some of our courts. We have also secured a cash boost for the Parole Board to support its operations, especially the extra work associated with our transparency reforms."