Performance points are accrued on the occurrence of a custodial service failure which are recorded on a quarterly and annual basis in each contract. Charges are then applied when these total points exceed the relevant performance baseline. Under certain circumstances these charges maybe waived, for example on the basis that the failure could be in part or direct result of an authority/NOMS default.
Information providing a site by site breakdown of charges and reasons related for any mitigation are not routinely collated centrally. Furthermore prior to May 2010 under the previous NOMS structure of regional directors of offender managers (DOMS), decisions on the application or mitigation of points were handled regionally. Therefore the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
However, the NOMS finance team have recently been working on identifying and collating information with regards to the number of points applied (less any credit/baseline deductions) and the associated charge to the contractor. See following table for a summary for 2010-11 and 2011-12;
|Prison||Points||Estimated charge (£)||Points||Estimated charge (£)|