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The proposals set out in “Transforming Rehabilitation—a strategy for reform” will make considerable efficiency savings through the use of competition and the introduction of a wider range of providers. Releasing these efficiency savings will enable us to extend statutory supervision and rehabilitation services to offenders sentenced to less than 12 months in custody.
The Ministry of Justice have a keen interest in ensuring that the reforms are affordable and offer value for money. The Department has been engaging HM Treasury throughout the development of the reforms; the cost of the transition, including any new posts which may be created as a result of the establishment of the National Probation Service, will be affordable within the context of the MOJ commitment to deliver annual savings of over £2 billion by 2014-15.