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Prison situation reflects socio-economic decline

Although the correlation between the socio-economic decline and crime is well known, government policies tend to focus more on the effects rather than the cause. For example:

Tougher measures on prison violence are now unveiled by government as the assaults on staff rose by 12% in the year up to June 2014 - from 3,065 incidents to 3,427.

The Prison Officers Association has blamed staff cuts for increasing violence and says 90 wardens a month are leaving their jobs because they fear for their safety.

Similarly, Andrew Neilson, campaigns director for the charity Howard League for Penal Reform, said: "Prisons have faced steep budget cuts resulting in staff shortages and until we address that we will not be able to fully tackle violence behind bars."

Concerns about the jail conditions and inadequacy of the resources to manage prisons become more significant as the head of a review into prison suicides says that “Too many people are being jailed unnecessarily”.

Lord Harris who conducted the review said: "The critical issue is why some prisoners are [in jail] in the first place”.

Prison population has increased: for example, from 83,962 in January 2014 to 85,864 now!

"Are there interventions that could have been done, could have saved the government money by stopping them ending up in the criminal justice system in the first place, or not necessarily ending up in prison?” prompts Lord Harris.

We hope that in addressing crime prevention/ reduction and the workload of the related agencies, like through the Serious Crime Bill which is currently before Parliament, serious measures would be taken to improve the economic welfare.

In August 2014, Public sector net debt was £1,432.3 billion, 77.4% of GDP, the most useful measure of national debt (on average, each adult in the UK owes £28,489). A contributing factor for such a dire situation is the cut on public spending for people on the breadline who then go into debt. 16/11/14

   

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Sharp increase in homelessness
Met racism inquiry

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Code of conduct - public accountability
• Would standards committees be missed
'Don't play politics with the economy'
Broken Society'
HPCCG plight
Community consultation
• Housing benefit changes hit the vulnerable most

Community lettings
Threat to social cohesion
A school of national interest
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

NHS - Dr Foster Hospital Guide
Immigrants to create extra households?
Student unrest over fee
Progressive approach to town twinning
Twinning - Harrow's situation
Re-claiming the 'inner cities'
Housing benefit cuts – onslaught on vulnerable
'Big Society'

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