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  • 16:30 Chris Grayling denies prisons crisis PoliticsHome News

    Chris Grayling denies prisons crisis PoliticsHome News

    Chris Grayling has denied that the prisons system is in crisis, following the release of new figures that show failings in certain key areas. The Justice Secretary told reporters: “I don’t accept that we are having a crisis on our prison... Continue to article

  • 13:11 National Offender Management Service Annual Report 2013/14 News

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  • 13:10 Telegraph: Eight jails now hold only sex offenders, says Chris Grayling News

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  • 12:57 Dramatic rise in prison deaths PoliticsHome News

    Dramatic rise in prison deaths PoliticsHome News

    Joe Sandler Clarke There has been a dramatic rise in the number of deaths in prison custody, figures from the Ministry of Justice show. The number of self-inflicted deaths in prisons is at the highest rate in a decade, having increase... Continue to article

  • 07:45 Chris Grayling: Labour's economic plans are reckless On air

    On Air | Chris Grayling MP | Justice Secretary and Lord Cha... | Sky News Video Chris Grayling MP

    Chris Grayling called Labour's economic plans "reckless" as he referred to Treasury statistics which he claimed show the party would spend £166bn more than the Conservatives in Government. "We are very much taking the debate to the Labou... Continue to article

  • 14:52 Story (2 links): Sex offender programme row

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    Labour has attacked the Government after the Justice Secretary disclosed that eight prisons in England and Wales now hold only sex offenders, after a rise in number of abusers increased by 652 to more than 11,000 in one year.

    With the number of abusers rising by 652 to more than 11,000 in one year, Chris Grayling said the Government planned to cope with the increase by restricting specialist treatment courses to high risk offenders only, with lower risk offenders now set to receive what the Ministry of Justice described as “more appropriate interventions”.

    Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said: “This a monumental admission of failure by the Government. It's their duty to ensure that offenders are punished and rehabilitated in prison. But because of their failure hundreds of sex offenders are no longer going to get the treatment programmes they need to make sure they don't go on and reoffend once released. David Cameron's policies have caused a prisons crisis and the growing chaos is exposing the public to increased danger.”

    Earlier today, a report released by the National Offender Management Service found that the number of treatment programmes on offer to convicted sex offenders decreased by 6.6% in a year.

    Mr Grayling said the move was part of plan to get away from a “one size fits all approach” to dealing with sex offenders.

    He said: “As a Government we make no apologies for putting sex offenders where they deserve – in jail.

    “But when they are there it is important that we deal with their offending behaviour – that means programmes consistent with the best evidence, targeted at those who pose the greatest threat.”

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  • 13:45 Chris Grayling: Pedophile crackdown shows Home Secretary's reforms are working On air

    On Air | Chris Grayling MP | Justice Secretary and Lord Cha... | World at One, Radio 4 Video Chris Grayling MP

    Chris Grayling praised the operation led by the National Crime Agency which has led to the arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles across the country. “As a society in recent years we have learnt a lot more about the scale of the problem and... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 9th July
  • 10:36 Grayling: Prisoners sharing a cell is not a problem PoliticsHome News

    Grayling: Prisoners sharing a cell is not a problem PoliticsHome News

    The Justice Secretary has dismissed reports of a crisis in prison places. Labour and other campaigners have accused the Government of failing to ensure sufficient space is available, with the latest figures showing that the number of of... Continue to article

  • 09:41 Dot Commons: Grayling brought to book Dot Commons

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    Chris Grayling is appearing before the Justice Committee as we speak, and his band of not-so-adoring fans has followed him in. As you can see (sort of) from the picture above, protestors against the ban on people sending books to prisone...

  • = Key Development Friday 4th July
  • 16:06 House of Commons Business Commons Business

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    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Welsh questions 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Presentation of bill: Local Government (Independence) Code Bill  Main business Opposition day debate (4th allotted day): (i) Housing supply; (... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 1st July
  • 12:29 Grayling attacks Labour over prison reform criticisms House of Commons

    Grayling attacks Labour over prison reform criticisms House of Commons

    Chris Grayling has accused his Labour counterpart of having "nothing positive to say" on prison reform. The Justice Secretary made the comments during Justice Questions after Sadiq Khan accused him of "finding it difficult to keep the pu... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 27th June
  • 16:02 In Brief Events

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    Prime minister David Cameron meets with Northern Ireland first minister Gerry Adams, deputy first minister Peter Robinson  and Sinn Fein president Martin McGuiness at Downing Street Business secretary Vince Cable and culture secretary Sa... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 16th June
  • 16:04 No prison overcrowding crisis - Grayling PoliticsHome News

    No prison overcrowding crisis - Grayling PoliticsHome News

    The Justice Secretary has strongly denied claims of an overcrowding crisis in Britain's jails. The head of the prisons' inspectorate warned at the weekend that demands on the prison system had "completely outstripped the resources availa... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 14th June
  • 08:35 Chris Grayling: Govt taking action now to avoid prison overcrowding On air

    On Air | Chris Grayling MP | Justice Secretary and Lord Cha... | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Chris Grayling MP

    Chris Grayling downplayed fears of overcrowding in and insisted the Government was addressing the issue by building bigger and modern facilities. "We have, as we sit here today, more than a thousand spare places in our prisons. We have h... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 5th June
  • 08:36 Chris Grayling: We are pussycats compared to the last government On air

    On Air | Chris Grayling MP | Justice Secretary and Lord Cha... | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Chris Grayling MP

    Chris Grayling said Michael Gove was right to argue that the Government should be tackling all extremism. "Yes and that’s what the Government’s been doing. We are looking to first of all clearly make sure we protect national security, th... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 29th May
  • 18:13 Labour: Response to the conviction of Michael Wheatley - Sadiq Khan Press Release

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    Labour press release Sadiq Khan MP Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the conviction of Michael Wheatley, said: "Although the public will be relieved Michael Wheatley has been caught and convicted, corners are being cut ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 21st May
  • 16:58 Labour: Another day and another set of prisoners have gone missing on David Cameron's watch - Sadiq Khan Press Release

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    Labour press release Sadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to reports that two more inmates have gone on the run after absconding from an open prison, said: "Another day and another set of prisoners have gone missing ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 19th May
  • 07:43 Chris Grayling: We are tearing up the prisons system On air

    On Air | Chris Grayling MP | Justice Secretary and Lord Cha... | Sky News Video Chris Grayling MP

    Chris Grayling expressed his commitment to reforming the prisons system in response to recent failings. "I'm not happy with the way things are at the moment. Although the number of people absconding is tiny, we've seen in the last few mo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 6th May
  • 08:24 Chris Grayling: I'm launching full inquiry into Skull Cracker's escape On air

    On Air | Chris Grayling MP | Justice Secretary and Lord Cha... | Sky News Video Chris Grayling MP

    Chris Grayling said he was launching a full inquiry into the circumstances around armed robber Michael Wheatley’s escape from an open prison. “I want to know that as well and I’m carrying out a full inquiry into the individual circumstan... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 4th May
  • 10:11 Simon Hughes: Fixed-term sentences for knife crimes are not the answer On air

    On Air | Simon Hughes MP | Justice Minister | Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5 Live Video Simon Hughes MP

    Simon Hughes said judges should be given discretion over sentencing for knife crimes and disagreed with Chris Grayling's call for fixed-term sentences.  "No we’re absolutely not soft on crime and I’ve been involved in the criminal justic... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 2nd May
  • 11:57 Lobby:No.10: PM 'not taking sides' on AZ/Pfizer bid Lobby Briefings

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    The Prime Minister’s official spokesman has said that Pfizer Inc’s bid for AstraZeneca is accepted is “a matter for their shareholders”. “The government is in close contact with both companies making the point about the importance of R&... Continue to article

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Sex offender programme row

Labour has attacked the Government after the Justice Secretary disclosed that eight prisons in England and Wales now hold only sex offenders, after a rise in number of abusers increased by 652 to more than 11,000 in one year.

With the number of abusers rising by 652 to more than 11,000 in one year, Chris Grayling said the Government planned to cope with the increase by restricting specialist treatment courses to high risk offenders only, with lower risk offenders now set to receive what the Ministry of Justice described as “more appropriate interventions”.

Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said: “This a monumental admission of failure by the Government. It's their duty to ensure that offenders are punished and rehabilitated in prison. But because of their failure hundreds of sex offenders are no longer going to get the treatment programmes they need to make sure they don't go on and reoffend once released. David Cameron's policies have caused a prisons crisis and the growing chaos is exposing the public to increased danger.”

Earlier today, a report released by the National Offender Management Service found that the number of treatment programmes on offer to convicted sex offenders decreased by 6.6% in a year.

Mr Grayling said the move was part of plan to get away from a “one size fits all approach” to dealing with sex offenders.

He said: “As a Government we make no apologies for putting sex offenders where they deserve – in jail.

“But when they are there it is important that we deal with their offending behaviour – that means programmes consistent with the best evidence, targeted at those who pose the greatest threat.”


Welfare clash with Europe

The Government is preparing for battle with the European Union over a proposed welfare agreement with Turkey that would allow Turks to claim benefits in the UK.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling has instructed British officials to fight the deal, saying: “Our arrangements are for Britain to decide, not Brussels. I’m not happy with the way that the EU is behaving. Europe should not be negotiating social security agreements on our behalf, that’s why we’re going through the courts to stop them.


Welfare IT system outsourced to India

Computer technicians in India are being hired to help develop an IT system for the Government's universal credit welfare programme. The project is worth potentially hundreds of millions of pounds, and has been outsourced to India despite a promise from Employment Minister Chris Grayling last year that large data projects would remain in the UK. Mark Serwotka, head of the PCS union, said the move raised questions about "the pledge the employment minister made to Parliament".


Grayling 'optimistic' about ending benefit tourism

Employment Minister Chris Grayling has said he is "optimistic" that a meeting of EU members in London yesterday has taken the first steps toward ending benefit tourism.

“We had a very constructive meeting. There is a growing realisation across the EU that this is a genuine issue that has to be addressed. There are many states who feel very strongly about it and I am optimistic that the meeting has started a process to a discussion which gives us a good chance of making progress.”


Grayling: Cut red tape in half

Work and Pensions Minister Chris Grayling will say more needs to be done on cutting red tape. In a meeting with business leaders today, Mr Grayling will outline that the Government has made “good progress” and that he is “determined to cut the number of health and safety regulations in half".


Charities criticise Work Programme

Charities involved in the Government's Work Programme have warned they may pull out over concerns about "profiteering" by private firms. In a meeting with employment minister Chris Grayling on Tuesday, charity representatives said private firms were merely using charities as "bid-candy", and accused them of starving the sector of funds by "cherry-picking" the unemployed most likely to find work and leaving only the least employable.


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