Magazine article Public Finance

Prisoners' Courses Are Wasting £30M, Says NAO

Magazine article Public Finance

Prisoners' Courses Are Wasting £30M, Says NAO

Article excerpt

Training courses provided for prisoners that are not completed are costing the taxpayer ?30m a year, according to a National Audit Office report

The NAO is critical of the Offenders' Learning and Skills Service which provides offenders with training

The report, published on March 7, showed there were numerous problems getting offenders to complete courses once they had started them. One of the main reasons for this was the disruption caused when prisoners moved between different institutions.

Training records were often not transferred with offenders and differences between the courses reduced the potential for the continuation of learning, it said.

The report also found that the level of training provision was based on historical funding allocations which may not match current need. …

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