Youth Offending Teams: Finance

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd November 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the real terms changes have been in his Department's total funding for youth offending teams in each year since 2010.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Holding answer received on 19 November 2018

MoJ funding for youth offending services is delivered through the Youth Justice Board Good Practice Grant. The changes in funding in real terms were as follows:

  • In the year beginning 2010: 165 million
  • In the year beginning 2011: 133 million
  • In the year beginning 2012: 118 million
  • In the year beginning 2013: 99 million
  • In the year beginning 2014: 98 million
  • In the year beginning 2015: 80 million
  • In the year beginning 2016: 74 million
  • In the year beginning 2017: 73 million
  • In the year beginning 2018: 72 million

These reductions were made in the context of wider savings made across the department. The MoJ is committed to ensuring there is sufficient funding for Youth Offending Teams whilst also ensuring public money is managed appropriately.

YOTs continue to carry out vital work to support young people through the justice system and prevent them from entering it in the first place. The number of first time entrants to the youth justice system has fallen by 86% between 2007/08 and 2017/18, and by 14% between 2016/17 and 2017/18.

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