Date lodged: 24 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reports that Glasgow will receive less than one quarter of the current funding allocation for rehabilitation services under the new Community Justice Scotland model.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 6 December 2016
The new Criminal Justice Social Work (CJSW) funding formula was approved by COSLA Leaders in August 2016, following recommendations from an expert group to replace the current funding formula. This new formula will be used from 2017-18 to distribute funding for CJSW services. Whilst it is true that the new CJSW funding formula will see a redistribution of existing funding, any changes to funding available will be phased in over a period of 5 years. Safeguards have been put in place to ensure no local authority will lose any more than 5% in the first year. This is predicated on the same overall settlement for Section 27 funding for CJSW being available post the spending review.
Under the new formula, greater flexibility than ever before will be afforded to Local Authorities in their use of CJSW funding.
The specific funding that will be distributed to Glasgow will not be confirmed until after the Spending Review. There is currently no indication however that Glasgow will receive less than a quarter of its current funding for rehabilitation services.
Glasgow also received additional funding in 2016-17 specifically for women offender services and community sentences.
It will be for each local authority, in collaboration with other community justice partners, to determine how their available resources – including the overall funding for CJSW - is used, to prevent and reduce further offending. Local funding flexibility allows the targeting of available resources to meet local priorities and common outcomes, working to the aims of the new National Strategy for Community Justice.