The Ministry of Justice’s funding from HM Treasury was reported at Spending Review 2015 to fall by 15% between 2015-16 and 2019-20. Taking into account additional resource funding agreed at the Autumn Statement 2016 for prison safety and wider reform, MoJ’s funding in real terms will reduce by 11% between 2015-16 and 2019-20. Future years’ budget allocations have not yet been confirmed and therefore it is not currently possible to provide a breakdown of this reduction by individual areas. MoJ will shortly be laying its Main Estimate in Parliament, which will provide further detail on our financial plans for the year 2018-19.
Budgets are subject to in year movement and organisational restructure. These are not comparable across the long term due to changes in accounting treatments and scope of business which do not provide a consistent basis. Therefore we have used the direct outturn costs for prisons for previous financial years.
Information on actual direct prison expenditure for previous financial years are published and can be accessed in the Prison and Probation Performance Statistics pages for each financial year on the www.gov.uk website. This is set out in a summary table below, showing the direct published costs (nominal), the figures adjusted for GDP deflator (real terms) and the annual and cumulative percentage changes. The GDP figures are consistent with the OBR Spring Statement data as at 13 March 2018.
The figures from financial years 2010-11 to 2014-15 have been restated following the original publication to enable a more fair comparison between that and the preceding year. The 2017-18 figures are taken from the budget for the year as expenditure has not yet been finalised or published.
Prison Budget (£m)
Prison Expenditure, nominal (£m)
Prison Expenditure restated (£m)
Annual Change %