The Ministry of Justice will have to cut more than £2.5bn – around 28% – from its budget by the end of the current parliament, the department has revealed following last week’s autumn statement.
Spending has already been reined in by £580m this financial year on top of the £719m of cuts made in 2011/12.
Savings included cuts in spending by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, Youth Justice Board and National Offender Management Service.
A spokesman for the ministry refused to say if any areas have been ringfenced from further cuts. Justice secretary Chris Grayling said he is looking for savings across the department.
‘By April 2013 I expect to have delivered savings worth £1.3bn - rising to over £2.5bn by 2014/15,’ Grayling said this week.
This would be achieved by ‘transforming justice services across the country, including tightening up legal aid, closing under-used courts, and reducing the costs of prisons and the probation service.
‘I am reviewing many of the department’s policies and will look to identify further savings while ensuring justice is delivered, offenders are properly punished and victims of crime are given the support they need,’ he said.