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HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Operating Costs

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse has been of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (a) court maintenance and repairs, (b) staff costs and (c) public communications strategies in each of the last three years.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

HM Courts and Tribunals Service expenditure for last three financial years is provided below.

£000s

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

a

Maintenance and repairs 1

86,700

74,900

88,760

b

Staff costs 2

503,963

523,810

536,938

c

Public communications strategies 3

939

1,165

1,397

HM Courts & Tribunals Service are working on an ambitious programme of court reform, which aims to bring new technology and modern ways of working to the way justice is administered.

We are building a modern system for administering justice which will benefit everyone who uses it. By designing systems around the public who need and use our services, we can create a more effective system for them and generate efficiencies for the taxpayer.

The reform programme was launched in September 2016, and the expenditure for maintenance and repairs, staff costs and communications over the three year period 2016/17 to 2018-19 are each influenced by this.

1 Maintenance and repairs expenditure includes fixed maintenance, variable and planned works.

2 Staff costs includes permanently employed staff, agency and contract workers. It does not include members of the judiciary, who are independent office holders, not employees of HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

3 The cost of public communications strategies is not separately identifiable in the financial accounts. Consequently, the overall cost of HM Courts and Tribunals Service communications directorate has been provided. This excludes press office costs borne by the Ministry of Justice on behalf of HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

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