Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 25th January 2021.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much of the £8.5 million fund for temporary accommodation of prison leavers during the covid-19 outbreak has been spent to date; and what additional funding has been allocated for the temporary accommodation scheme.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the temporary accommodation scheme for prison leavers due to end in January 2021 will be extended.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The temporary accommodation scheme ran between 18 May and 31 August 2020 and provided up to 56 nights’ accommodation for prison leavers. This was an exceptional measure reflecting the challenges presented by Covid-19. At the end of the first scheme, £4.7m had been spent. A further £2m has been committed as of the end of December 2020. It is expected that the full £8.5m will be spent for the current scheme if the current number of individuals supported utilises the full allocation of 56 nights.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, a further £3m funding has been allocated and the scheme will now be extended to 31 March 2021, subject to regular review. This means that individuals may receive support up to the 26 May 2021.

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