Probation: Finance

Justice written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Home Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice & Lord Chancellor, Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) budget and (b) budget deficit was for each probation board in each of the last five years; and what the (i) budget and (ii) projected budget deficit is for each board for 2008-09.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The following table shows the year-end budget revenue allocations for the 42 probation boards in each of the last five years, plus the revenue budget allocated to-date in the present financial year for the probation boards and six probation trusts. It also shows the agreed overspends that boards were allowed to carry forward in 2006-07 and 2007-08, plus the latest information from boards on forecast overspends in the present financial year. Information on overspends before 2006-07 is not held centrally and could be obtained by approaching 42 probation areas, which would only be at disproportionate cost.

The budget and forecast overspend figures for 2008-09 are likely to be subject to further revision.

Probation boards end-year budgets
£000
2008-09( 1) 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04
Board Revenue Overspends Revenue Overspends Revenue Overspends Revenue Revenue Revenue
Avon and Somerset 20,815 20,661 19,771 18,273 16,851 15,612
Bedfordshire 9,375 8,863 8,499 150 8,180 7,182 6,517
Cambridgeshire 10,246 9,727 9,273 136 8,895 7,375 6,835
Cheshire 14,885 14,715 15,688 15,393 13,427 11,692
Cumbria 8,656 50 8,217 119 7,897 271 7,466 6,241 6,279
Derbyshire 14,619 13,490 12,891 12,166 11,088 10,335
Devon and Cornwall 21,209 20,225 19,638 18,184 15,646 15,667
Dorset 8,855 117 8,522 324 8,277 194 7,989 7,338 7,307
Durham 10,773 10,720 10,245 9,513 8,697 7,820
Essex 19,454 19,977 18,922 17,839 16,220 14,849
Gloucestershire 7,757 7,379 6,959 47 6,524 5,975 5,874
Hampshire 24,787 24,338 23,057 21,872 20,026 18,427
Hertfordshire 11,527 11,265 10,569 9,618 8,691 8,409
Humberside 18,249 17,187 16,130 14,964 13,010 12,422
Kent 21,913 20,993 364 20,340 19,052 16,760 16,322
Lancashire 23,957 22,979 21,394 20,251 18,837 18,600
Leicestershire 15,404 14,402 13,805 13,071 11,778 11,086
Lincolnshire 9,786 9,292 9,038 7 8,446 7,469 7,134
Norfolk 11,622 50 11,168 10,608 10,205 8,477 7,927
Northamptonshire 9,621 9,116 8,816 8,149 7,158 6,920
North Yorkshire 10,655 150 10,236 41 9,478 8,998 7,937 7,486
Nottinghamshire 19,644 19,057 18,117 489 17,190 14,861 14,232
Staffordshire 17,308 16,393 15,913 48 14,361 12,319 11,769
Suffolk 9,987 9,643 9,445 8,771 7,583 7,361
Surrey 10,632 10,396 36 10,081 9,421 7,779 7,784
Sussex 18,005 17,373 16,991 15,677 14,033 12,789
Teesside 13,415 150 13,606 13,052 12,178 10,954 10,613
Thames Valley 26,148 25,405 24,373 23,421 20,795 19,787
Warwickshire 7,303 6,937 6,743 217 6,492 5,698 5,452
West Mercia 15,344 15,445 13,642 13,197 11,774 11,188
Wiltshire 8,050 39 7,874 7,720 109 7,224 5,964 5,510
Greater Manchester 51,467 48,309 47,532 45,645 40,985 38,521
Merseyside 30,858 29,283 28,820 28,643 25,798 24,621
Northumbria 29,180 27,646 26,964 26,005 22,999 22,113
South Yorkshire 25,488 24,282 4 24,058 54 23,041 20,858 20,381
West Midlands 58,769 55,055 53,377 50,140 44,076 41,932
West Yorkshire 42,269 40,036 38,193 36,226 33,366 30,986
London 152,404 143,404 137,416 786 132,637 107,888 110,390
Dyfed-Powys 8,580 8,295 8,058 24 7,541 6,478 5,784
Gwent 11,232 11,252 10,930 10,018 8,938 8,029
North Wales 12,348 11,786 411 11,696 20 11,027 10,067 9,044
South Wales 25,246 25,226 1,531 24,402 23,098 20,917 19,328
Total 897,841 556 860,172 2,830 828,817 2,552 786,995 690,312 661,130
(1) As at 1 October 2008.

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