Friday 5 November 2021 / 3:37 PM Crime / Justice / Policing / Sarah Jones

Charge rate falls to a new record low under the Conservatives

New Home Office figures reveal that more offenders are getting away with their crimes, as just 6.5% of crimes lead to a charge – a new, record low.

The charge rate has plummeted since 2015, falling from 15.5% to 6.5%.

Charging in rape cases has fallen to just 1.4%, while only 3.3% of sexual offences led to a charge.

Out of 154,648 recorded sexual offences, there were only 11,491 charges.

Charge rates for violence against the person is now 6% while only 4.6% of thefts led to a charge.

Out of 58,049 recorded robberies, there were just 5,960 charges.

Sarah Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing and Fire Service Minister, said:

“These new figures confirm again that under the Conservatives, criminals have never had it so good.

“It is scandalous that so many crimes are going unsolved, and victims of the most serious crimes are being denied justice.

“Labour has a plan that will put victims first by putting police back into our neighbourhoods, improving rape conviction rates and tackling the courts backlog.”