Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Strangeways Could Be One of Nine Prisons to Be Axed

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Strangeways Could Be One of Nine Prisons to Be Axed

Article excerpt

GEORGE Osborne has dropped a heavy hint that Manchester's Strangeways prison could be sold off to make way for housing.

The Chancellor said Victorian prisons in inner-cities unsuitable for 'rehabilitating' inmates would be flogged and replaced with nine 'modern prisons' across the country as he seeks to make savings.

HMP Manchester would appear to fall neatly into that bracket - and notably sits right next to a key regeneration area for the council.

In place of the old prisons, Mr Osborne expects a wave of new homes to help fix the national housing crisis.

He made the fleeting reference during a highly-anticipated Autumn Statement in which he backed down on plans to cut tax credits and axe the frontline policing budget.

During a section on savings within the justice system, he said court buildings would be sold off following the closure of many magistrates courts - including Stockport and Bury - to raise Pounds 700m of new investment. …

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