Community Rehabilitation Companies

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to make additional extra payments to privatised probation companies following the £342 revision in 2017.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Our probation reforms mean we are now monitoring 40,000 offenders who would previously have been released with no supervision at all.

We made changes to Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts in 2017 so that payments to providers reflect more accurately the costs of delivering services to offenders. These changes to the contractual payment mechanism increased the potential value of contracts by up to £277m over their remaining life, though payments will remain subject to future volumes. Projected payments to providers will be no higher than originally budgeted for at the time of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms.

‘We continue to discuss with providers ways in which we might improve CRC services and performance while ensuring value for money and will update Parliament should these result in further contractual changes.

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