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The Justice Committee questions the rationale for TR

One of the driving forces of TR is the desire to improve reoffending rates and cut costs. The Committee was particularly interested to get a sound cost benefit analysis of the proposed changes. The Committee criticises the MoJ for being “less than forthcoming” with information about the costs of TR and highlights two key points…

Police Commissioners should beware policy-based evidence

00000 What will PCCs do? There’s been plenty of discussion in the media recently about Police and Crime Commissioners who are to be elected on 15 November and will be “accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force areas.” Very little of the coverage has been positive. Most of it has focused on public apathy and the very real concern that most people neither know about them, nor care. Even though the Home Office …

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Payment by results: Calling in the auditors

00000 The recent publication of the Audit Commission report: “Local payment by results” is a key landmark in the development of PbR for the commissioning of public services in the UK. The great thing about the Audit Commission is that their focus on hard facts and real-life performance combined with their total independence means that whenever they bring their focus to bear on an aspect of public life, they are worth listening to. There have …

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