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YOTs to take on young offender curfew monitoring

Councils will not receive extra money when they take over responsibility for youth offender curfew monitoring in two months' time.

According to the Youth Justice Board (YJB), the Department for Communities and Local Government has “concluded that the costs are minimal and can be absorbed by local authorities without any transfer of resources and the decision will be reviewed in 18 months. “Should evidence emerge that the burden is higher than expected, then the YJB and the Ministry of Justice will reconsider the position and ensure that appropriate funding is provided to local authorities,”

Association of Youth Offending Team Managers chair Gareth Jones questioned why councils will not receive payment for monitoring curfews saying  “It is interesting how the Ministry of Justice has been able to pay a private contractor to do this but when it moves to the public sector there is no additional cost.”

Latest figures show that across England and Wales in 2013/14 there were 2,635 young people with a curfew in place. This is 15 per cent of the 18,031 YROs handed out during that year.

Councils will not receive extra money when they take over responsibility for youth offender curfew monitoring in two months' time.

According to the Youth Justice Board (YJB), the Department for Communities and Local Government has “concluded that the costs are minimal and can be absorbed by local authorities without any transfer of resources and the decision will be reviewed in 18 months. “Should evidence emerge that the burden is higher than expected, then the YJB and the Ministry of Justice will reconsider the position and ensure that appropriate funding is provided to local authorities,”

Association of Youth Offending Team Managers chair Gareth Jones questioned why councils will not receive payment for monitoring curfews saying  “It is interesting how the Ministry of Justice has been able to pay a private contractor to do this but when it moves to the public sector there is no additional cost.”

Latest figures show that across England and Wales in 2013/14 there were 2,635 young people with a curfew in place. This is 15 per cent of the 18,031 YROs handed out during that year.