Clause 98 - Miscellaneous amendments relating to release and recall
Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland, Labour)
‘After section 244 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 insert—
“s.244C Discharge grants for certain offenders
(4) A prisoner with an infant formerly held in a prison mother and baby unit shall on release from prison be entitled to a discharge grant of £96;
The discharge grant given to prisoners has remained at the same level for a long time. Given the financial constraints, I understand why the Government do not want to increase it generally. However, when I discovered that the discharge grant is the same for a mother with an infant leaving a mother and baby unit as for other prisoners, I knew that it was simply not reasonable. In fact, a child protection issue is at stake. I remind members of the Committee that the discharge grant is £48.