Offenders: Accommodation

Justice written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert Shadow Secretary of State (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many (a) suspects, (b) convicted unsentenced offenders, (c) convicted offenders on community sentences and (d) prisoners on licence were provided with accommodation by ClearSprings in each month since August 2007;

(2) how much was paid to ClearSprings for the provision of bail and home detention accommodation in each month since July;

(3) what the criteria are for identifying properties to be managed by ClearSprings for the provision of bail and home detention accommodation;

(4) what properties (a) are and (b) will be managed by ClearSprings for the provision of bail and home detention accommodation in England and Wales.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Bail Accommodation and Support Service provided by ClearSprings is for defendants on bail and offenders on home detention curfew. It is not available for offenders on community sentences. Information on the breakdown of bail cases between those untried and those convicted but unsentenced cannot be obtained except at disproportionate cost. The numbers of those provided with accommodation in each month is shown in the following table:

Bail (a) untried and (b) convicted unsentenced combined Home detention curfew (d)
August 2007 23 7
September 2007 24 13
October 2007 36 23
November 2007 69 42
December 2007 55 47
January 2008 (up to 14 January) 16 20

During the period July to December 2007 £2,391,470 was paid to ClearSprings Management Ltd. in respect of accommodation provided.

The Regional Offender Managers in England and the director of Offender Management in Wales identify the towns in which accommodation is required based on the distribution pattern of remand prisoner and offender origins. ClearSprings consult with the police and local authorities and probation when acquiring properties so that local knowledge can inform the selection of addresses and to avoid inappropriate locations. The scheme endeavours to return people to their own communities unless there is reason not to.

A list of towns or areas, by county, where accommodation is currently provided or is being sought is in the following table. The distribution will be reviewed regularly by the Regional Offender Managers in the light of experience and adjustments will be made to the locations of addresses to match supply to the pattern of demand, so that in general people can be placed in the communities from which they originate.

ClearSprings—locations where accommodation is provided or being sought
Region and town County Accommodation provided at 11 January 2008
Bath Avon and Somerset Yes
Bristol Avon and Somerset Yes
Taunton/Yeovil Avon and Somerset
Weston-Super-Mare Avon and Somerset Yes
Bedford Bedfordshire
Luton Bedfordshire Yes
Newbury Berkshire
Reading Berkshire Yes
Slough Berkshire
High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire
Peterborough Cambridgeshire Yes
Chester Cheshire
Crewe Cheshire Yes
Macclesfield Cheshire
Northwich Cheshire
Runcorn Cheshire
Warrington Cheshire
Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria
Carlisle Cumbria
Kendal Cumbria
Whitehaven Cumbria
Workington Cumbria
Chesterfield Derbyshire
Derby Derbyshire Yes
Bodmin Devon and Cornwall
Plymouth Devon and Cornwall Yes
St. Austell Devon and Cornwall
Willand Devon and Cornwall Yes
Bournemouth Dorset
Salisbury/Shaftsbury Dorset
Darlington Durham
Durham Durham Yes
Easington District Durham
Hartlepool Durham
Stockton Durham
Carmarthen Dyfed
Llanelli Dyfed Yes
Eastbourne/Hastings East Sussex
Haywards Heath/Hove/Worthing East Sussex
Basildon/Laindon Essex Yes
Chelmsford/Maldon Essex
Colchester Essex
Harlow Essex
Gloucester Gloucestershire Yes
Ashton-under-Lyne Greater Manchester
Bolton Greater Manchester Yes
Bury Greater Manchester Yes
Eccles Greater Manchester
Leigh Greater Manchester Yes
Manchester Greater Manchester Yes
Oldham Greater Manchester Yes
Rochdale Greater Manchester
Sale Greater Manchester
Salford Greater Manchester
Stockport Greater Manchester
Wigan Greater Manchester Yes
Newport Gwent Yes
Basingstoke/Winchester/Andover/Aldershot/Alton Hampshire
Portsmouth Hampshire Yes
Southampton Hampshire Yes
Droitwich Hereford and Worcs
Evesham Hereford and Worcs
Hereford Hereford and Worcs
Kidderminster Hereford and Worcs
Redditch Hereford and Worcs
Worcester Hereford and Worcs
Cheshunt Hertfordshire Yes
Hatfield Hertfordshire
Stevenage Hertfordshire
Grimsby Humberside Yes
Hull Humberside Yes
Scunthorpe Humberside
Canterbury Kent
Chatham Kent Yes
Dover Kent
Folkestone/Ashford Kent
Maidstone/Sittingbourne/Gillingham/Rochester Kent Yes
Accrington Lancashire
Blackburn Lancashire
Blackpool Lancashire
Burnley Lancashire Yes
Lancaster Lancashire
Middleton Lancashire Yes
Nelson Lancashire Yes
Ormskirk Lancashire
Preston Lancashire Yes
Skelmersdale Lancashire Yes
Leicester Leicestershire Yes
Loughborough Leicestershire
Lincoln Lincolnshire Yes
Barking and Dagenham BC London Yes
Barnet BC London Yes
Bexley London
Brent London Yes
Bromley London
Camden London
Corporation Of London London
Croydon BC London Yes
Ealing BC/Hounslow BC London
Enfield BC London Yes
Greenwich BC London
Hackney BC London Yes
Hammersmith and Fulham BC London
Haringey BC London Yes
Harrow BC London
Havering BC London
Hillingdon BC London
Islington BC London
Kensington and Chelsea BC London
Kingston-upon-Thames BC London
Lambeth BC London Yes
Lewisham BC London Yes
Merton BC London
Newham BC London Yes
Redbridge BC London Yes
Richmond-upon-Thames London
Southwark BC London Yes
Sutton BC London
Tower Hamlets BC London
Waltham Forest BC London Yes
Wandsworth BC London
Westminster BC London
Birkenhead Merseyside
Bootle Merseyside
Huyton Merseyside
Knowsley Merseyside
Liverpool Merseyside Yes
St. Helens Merseyside Yes
Wallasey Merseyside
Norwich Norfolk Yes
Colwyn Bay North Wales
Wrexham North Wales Yes
Middlesbrough North Yorkshire
Thornaby North Yorkshire Yes
Corby Northamptonshire Yes
Northampton (Abington) Northamptonshire Yes
Ashington Northumberland Yes
Mansfield Nottinghamshire
Nottingham Nottinghamshire Yes
Sutton-in-Ashby Nottinghamshire
Worksop Nottinghamshire
Oxford/Banbury/Bicester Oxfordshire
Shrewsbury Shropshire
Telford Shropshire Yes
Bridgend South Wales Yes
Caerphilly South Wales
Cardiff South Wales Yes
Pontypridd South Wales Yes
Swansea South Wales
Tonteg South Wales Yes
Merthyr South Wales
Barnsley South Yorkshire
Doncaster South Yorkshire
Rotherham South Yorkshire Yes
Sheffield South Yorkshire
Burton upon Trent Staffordshire
Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffordshire Yes
Stafford Staffordshire Yes
Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire Yes
Tamworth Staffordshire
Ipswich Suffolk Yes
Guildford/Godalming Surrey
Staines/Bracknell Surrey
Woking/Farnborough Surrey
Chichester/Arundel Sussex Yes
Crawley/Redhill Sussex
Gateshead Tyne and Wear
Jarrow Tyne and Wear Yes
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Tyne and Wear Yes
North Tyneside (Blythe) Tyne & Wear Yes
Sunderland Tyne and Wear Yes
Nuneaton Warwickshire
Rugby Warwickshire
Warwick Warwickshire
Birmingham West Midlands Yes
Coventry West Midlands Yes
Dudley West Midlands Yes
Oldbury West Midlands Yes
Smethwick West Midlands Yes
Solihull West Midlands
Stourbridge West Midlands
Sutton Coldfield West Midlands
Walsall West Midlands Yes
Warley West Midlands
West Bromwich West Midlands
Wolverhampton West Midlands Yes
Dewsbury West Yorkshire
Halifax West Yorkshire
Huddersfield West Yorkshire Yes
Leeds/Bradford West Yorkshire Yes
Pontefract/Wakefield West Yorkshire
Swindon Wiltshire Yes

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