Crown Prosecution Service extra funding – Nick Thomas-Symonds responds
Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Solicitor General, responding to the announcement that the Crown Prosecution Service will receive an extra £85m to tackle violent crime, said:
“This does not come anywhere near reversing the effect of nine years of deep cuts to the Crown Prosecution Service’s budget and staff.
“Our criminal justice system is on its knees as a result of austerity. The percentage of reported rapes reaching even charging stage is below two per cent. The Tories simply can’t be trusted to tackle crime and its causes effectively.”
Notes to Editors
- The Attorney General has previously admitted that under the Tories the CPS has suffered “a 30% funding reduction and ‘significant’ reduction in staff.” https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/cps-can-take-no-more-cuts-attorney-general-/5068981.article