The new remand framework for children: Allocation of new burdens funding to local authorities

Closed 16 Nov 2012

Opened 21 Sep 2012

Results updated 15 Mar 2013


This is the joint Ministry of Justice/Youth Justice Board response to the consultation paper on allocation of new burdens funding to local authorities for the new remand framework for children. The consultation received 107 responses, mainly from local authorities and youth offending teams. In addition, feedback was obtained from over 400 practitioners who attended a series of engagement events linked to the consultation.
The response document explains how the budget to be transferred has been calculated; provides a summary of responses to the consultation exercise and addresses the equality impacts raised during the consultation process. 




The youth remand provisions in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 received Royal Assent on 1 May 2012 and allows for local authorities to be given greater financial responsibility for secure remand.

In this consultation paper the Ministry of Justice and the Youth Justice Board set out their proposals:

  • for allocating new burdens funding to local authorities in England & Wales in relation to remands to youth detention accommodation;
  • for recovery of the costs of remands to youth detention accommodation in England & Wales;
  • in relation to the costs of escorting remanded children to and from youth detention accommodation; and
  • allocating new burdens funding to local authorities in England & Wales in relation to the treatment of all children remanded to youth detention accommodation as looked after children.

Why your views matter

Financial responsibility for secure youth remands will be devolved from April 2013.

In line with the Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) new burdens doctrine, we will transfer funding to enable local authorities to help meet their new responsibility for the costs of secure remands and additional "looked after" children.  

We therefore seek your views on the funding proposals set out in this consultation paper.



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