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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Alternatives to Prison (30 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice has not made a detailed assessment of possible savings of moving from prison to community support illustrated by the case study on page 87 of the Justice Select Committee’s report. However, the Female Offender Strategy, published in June 2018, noted that Government had estimated that female offenders cost the public purse approximately £1.7bn in 2015/16, including...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Women's Prisons (30 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The expansion of the women’s prison estate to deliver new trauma-informed and gender specific facilities is still at a relatively early feasibility planning stage. The initial site list under consideration is: HMP Drake Hall, HMP Eastwood Park, HMP Foston Hall, HMP Send and HMP Styal. All proposed sites are existing women’s prisons. The exact numbers and mix of new open and closed...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Sentences: Females (30 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The information requested is provided in the attached table. Sentencing is a matter for the independent judiciary. The Female Offender Strategy set out the Government’s vision of fewer women offending and reoffending; fewer women in custody, especially on short-term sentences, with a greater proportion of women managed in the community successfully; and where prison is necessary, better...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Accommodation (30 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The National statistics overview: Prison population projections: 2021 to 2026 are used to plan changes across the prison estate to respond to changes to the demand for prison places. Detailed plans, including the locations and future decommissioning, of the 2000 prison places funded through Spending Review 2021 are currently being drawn up. Work underway includes site feasibility studies,...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (30 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Covid-19 vaccination and isolation policy guidance is the responsibility of the Department for Health and Social Care. The Home Office ensures that the accommodation of those evacuated from Afghanistan in bridging hotels is compliant with these policies.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (30 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We are working at pace with local authorities to source appropriate accommodation for Afghan families who were evacuated to the UK. Data on relocation will be published as part of our quarterly release which can be found at this link: Asylum and resettlement datasets - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Over 4000 individuals have either moved into a settled home, are in the process of doing so or are being...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (30 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: We’ve seen over 300 local authorities come forward with commitments to take in displaced Afghans as part of our resettlement plans. We thank those local authorities who are taking their fair share and would encourage others who haven’t yet stepped forward to work with us. Data on relocation will be published as part of our quarterly release which can be found at this link: Asylum and...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Afghanistan (30 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Home Office publishes quarterly data on grants and refusals of leave to remain (visa extensions) in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’ on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statis tics-quarterly-release The latest published statistics show that 464 people with Afghan Nationality were granted leave to remain in the third quarter (July to...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Refugees: Afghanistan (30 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: All British nationals and their families who were evacuated are being provided with the same bridging accommodation and wrap-around support as everyone else. For example, we have provided all British Nationals with cash cards to give them subsistence support whilst their Universal Credit claim is processed. British Nationals and their families are provided with bridging accommodation for as...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme is not yet open and remains under development. However, the first to be resettled through this scheme will be some of those who arrived in the UK as a result of the evacuation (Operation Pitting), which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk. Officials are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the scheme. The...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offenders: Hearing Impairment (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: All establishments within the youth estate in England and Wales must adhere to the Equality Act 2010, including the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled persons. Support is also provided for all children and young people with a disability in accordance with the Public Sector Equality Duty. Data is not currently available on disability for the entire population in youth custody....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offenders (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Between April 2017 and March 2020, Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) recorded 67,372 children (26,681 in 2017/18, 21,665 in 2018/19 and 19,026 in 2019/20) receiving a caution or court sentence. This does not include children YOTs worked with who were on bail or remand and did not subsequently receive a caution or court sentence, or children who have not received a pre-court or court disposal, such...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Coronavirus (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: This Government has committed to remove prison as a place of safety under the Mental Health Act. Instances of prison being used as a place of safety are not recorded centrally; consequently there is no one data source that determines the scale of use. Work is underway to explore the use of prison as a place of safety; whether it is used solely in respect of concerns over mental health, or in...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Mental Health Services: Coronavirus (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice has been a member of the ministerial cross-government Mental Health and Wellbeing Task and Finish group, co-chaired by the Cabinet Office and the Department of Health and Social Care, since it was established in May 2020. This group was formed to examine and respond to the mental health and psychosocial impacts of the pandemic and it published a COVID-19 Mental Health...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Reoffenders: Mental Illness (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The MoJ welcomes the joint thematic inspection of the criminal justice journey for individuals with mental health needs and disorders and will be providing a formal response and supporting action plan with HMPPS, DHSC and NHSE/I in the new year. The Government is committed to tackling the causes of reoffending to keep our communities safe. We know there is a link between homelessness and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Offenders: Mental Illness (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice welcomes the joint thematic inspection and will be providing a formal response and supporting action plan in the new year. Working with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England we will be increasing the availability of Primary Care Mental Health Treatment Requirements to cover at least 50% of all courts by 2023. We are also preparing to launch a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Restraint Equipment (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Operational guidance on the use of rigid bar handcuffs, and the HM Prison and Probation Service policy on the use of force state that any use of handcuffs is considered a use of force, and must only be used when necessary, reasonable and proportionate to the seriousness of the circumstances. Following the use of rigid bar handcuffs, staff must complete a statement to justify their decision. ...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Cookham Wood Young Offender Institution (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice is currently preparing an action plan which will be published in due course in response to the HMIP inspection report on HMYOI Cookham Wood. The plan will set out steps being taken to address the issues identified including those to reduce violence and providing children with more access to education.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Belmarsh Prison: Prison Accommodation (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: There are currently no plans to resume the use of triple cells at HMP Belmarsh. HMPPS continually monitors the anticipated population and capacity of the prison estate and will always ensure that there is sufficient space to hold those committed to custody from the courts.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Guidance on eligibility for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy is available on gov.uk at: Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy: further information on eligibility criteria, offer details and how to apply - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) is not yet open and remains under development. However, the first to be resettled through this scheme will...


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