Well this was the New Labour new initiative that was really going to set the world on fire, reduce the fear of crime and deal with some of the real issues that the population was concerned about.
Significant new investment in police, courts and prisons, as well as in local crime reduction activity and action against illegal drugs, will be delivered over the next three years as a result of the Spending Review, so they said.
It followed recommendations from cross-departmental reviews of the Criminal Justice System, crime reduction and illegal drugs.
Welcoming the Spending Review plans, Jack Straw, the then Home Secretary said:
“Crime reduction is my overriding priority. I therefore welcome the outcome of these reviews. Offending is too often associated with abuse of drugs and alcohol, having truanted from school or having been in care. By getting Whitehall departments working together, we can win the war on crime.”
David Blunkett, the then Education Secretary said:
“There are clear links between crime, truancy and illiteracy. The more we can do to cut failure at school, the more we will contribute to the fight against crime. That is why the Government is committed to raising standards across the board and for those at most risk.”
The then Health Secretary, Alan Milburn, said:
“Crime is associated with substance abuse. Better health education for young people and effective treatment regimes can and will make a difference. My department is committed to playing its part in this cross-Government drive.”
Crime Reduction was one of the 15 cross-cutting reviews established as part of the 2000 Spending Review.
I will remind you of the above words……………..cross cutting reviews, and definately no cost cutting reviews, all as part of the 2000 spending review.
A spending review normally relates to ways of saving money but at the same time selectively show how you are spending more than you have ever spent.
Has it all worked ? You decide.
The 2007 budget stated that by 2007-08, compared with 1997-98: • spending on the police will have increased by 39 per cent in real terms to over £11 billion, and overall spending on crime, justice and security in the Home Office will be 75 per cent higher in real terms, delivering 14,000 more police officers and 10,000 more Police Community Support Officers. One thing is certain. The National Audit Office will continue to measure the efficiency of the public services and find ever increasing ways that they believe there is more value for money savings to be had from from every small nook & cranny they can find. Public Sector pay will remain the focus of efficiency savings to prop up the Government’s preferred spending plans. Efficiency savings to do what ?
In simple Budget speak, from 2007, The first responsibility of government is to protect its citizens and ensure their security – safeguarding the nation against terrorist attacks, cutting crime, bringing offenders to justice and managing them effectively to reduce re-offending.
As part of the Home Office’s long-term objective to ensure that more offenders are caught, punished and prevented from re-offending, the Home Secretary announced in July 2006 plans to expand prision capacity by 8,000 places by 2012, with an extra 2,500 places on stream by the end of 2007. Resources provided to the Home Office over the SR04 and 2007 CSR periods provide the investment and long-term funding needed to drive forward this building programme.
I hope you are now reassured.
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