Crown Prosecution Service needs sustainable levels of funding to meet demands placed upon it, says FDA
Following media reports that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is on "the brink of collapse", FDA National Officer for CPS Jawad Raza said:
"The CPS continues to prosecute 600,000 cases each year across England and Wales, despite cuts of around 25% of employees and a third of offices closing since 2010. These reductions have meant that staff are working longer hours, dealing with greater numbers of cases and having less time per case.
"Whilst the conviction rate remains around 85%, this belies the fact that the Service requires sustainable levels of funding to allow it to undertake the work expected of it. In addition, with the highest levels of reporting of serious sexual offences in a generation, the ubiquitous nature of social media and the existential threats posed by domestic and international terrorism, the Service cannot continue on the road of further cuts while also meeting these demands.
"A dedicated workforce, strong leadership and further efficiency cannot be achieved without comparable levels of investment. If the CPS does not receive funding commensurate with demands, the Service will have to look to what functions it will no longer undertake."
Notes for editors
The FDA is the trade union and professional body representing 18,000 of the UK's senior public servants. Our members include policy advisors, senior managers, tax inspectors, economists, statisticians, accountants, special advisers, government lawyers, diplomats, crown prosecutors and NHS managers.
- The FDA can be described as "the senior public servants' union" and should be referred to simply as "The FDA".
- The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at www.fda.org.uk.
- For further information contact:
- Jawad Raza, FDA National Officer, tel: 020 7401 5555.
- Kay Hender, Communications Manager, tel: 07980 700747.
Latest News from
FDA condemns “reckless” decision to return to physical Parliament21/05/2020 12:25:00
FDA Assistant General Secretary Amy Leversidge yesterday responded to Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has made the decision that the government will not renew the standing orders for a hybrid Parliament.
Unions call for exceptional single pay settlement for civil servants28/04/2020 16:20:00
The FDA and Prospect have jointly called on the government to agree a simple, fair pay settlement for all civil servants in 2020, as the civil service continues to respond to the public health emergency.
Statement on Sir Philip Rutnam’s claim for unfair (constructive) dismissal21/04/2020 10:25:00
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman yesterday announced the commencement of legal action from former Home Office Permanent Secretary Sir Philip Rutnam.
Courts need urgent risk assessments to deal with coronavirus threat25/03/2020 10:25:00
The FDA union, which represents prosecutors in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), has welcomed the decision to restrict physical court hearings to a limited number of existing cases in the Crown Court and only the most urgent cases in the Magistrates’ Court.
Response to the RHI Inquiry16/03/2020 12:15:00
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman responded to the report of the independent public inquiry into the Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI Inquiry)
Response to Home Secretary bullying allegations24/02/2020 12:25:00
Home Secretary, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman recently (21 February 2020) responded to reports of bullying complaints made against the Home Secretary.
FDA welcomes “seismic change” for victims of harassment in Parliament11/02/2020 10:25:00
FDA Assistant General Secretary Amy Leversidge yesterday responded to the House of Commons Commission update on an independent complaints process.
FDA to PM: Don't waste time and money on reform for reform's sake16/12/2019 16:20:00
The FDA has warned the government against wasting “time and money” on ill-directed reform, following reports that the new Prime Minister is planning a “revolutionary” shake-up of the civil service.