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    The planned measures form part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 which comes into effect on 3 December, with transfer of funding responsibility to local authorities set to take effect from April 2013.

    But according to calculations based on the MoJ’s own figures, London Councils claims the 15% cut in YOI funding would cost boroughs £1.5m and the removal of YJB subsidy would slash a further £5.8m.

    This is because London is a high-needs area, home to nearly two in five (37.4%) of the country’s youth offenders, a fact which according to London Councils makes the cutbacks unrealistic and constitute a new burden, despite the MoJ’s disavowal.

    Chair of London Councils, Mayor Jules Pipe said:

    While we support the reforms in principle, it is clearly wrong that London, as a region with high levels of youth offending, is bearing the burden of these changes to youth remand.

    To ease the transition, the government should delay the proposed cut to youth funding by at least a year to allow local authorities sufficient time and resources to develop innovative local solutions to overcome this drop in funding.

    Source: Local Gov

     

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    November 20, 2012 by Support Solutions Categories: Offenders And Ex-offenders

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