Probation Boards meet the cost of delivering community sentences through their grant as they see fit to meet their statutory duties. The Criminal Justice Act 2003 established the new community order as a single community sentence with a number of elements in respect of offences committed after
2005-06—£418 million—cost per offender commencement £2,400
2006-07—£519 million—cost per offender under supervision £1,831
2007-08—£496 million—cost per offender under supervision £1,677
The costing methodology changed between the 2005-06 and subsequent exercises which means that they are not directly comparable. The 2005-06 exercise provides a cost per offender commencement; subsequent exercises provide a cost per offender under supervision.
There is no information relating to expenditure for years leading up to 2005.