“£85 million sounds like a great deal, it is not enough to undo all the damage that has been done by years of cuts” – FDA

The FDA has welcomed the government’s plan to inject £85m into the Crown Prosecution, but says it does not go far enough to undo all the damage that has been done by years of cuts.

The money comes days after the FDA passed on nearly 900 messages from the public calling for proper investment in the Criminal Justice System. The FDA is the only trade union recognised to represent lawyers in the CPS, and has been calling for extra funding for the service as part of its Manifesto for Justice.

FDA national officer Steven Littlewood said: “Clearly the government has listened to our warnings that CPS cuts have gone too far. We welcome this investment, which represents the first significant increase in the service’s funding for ten years.

“The FDA has consistently highlighted that an explosion in digital evidence in recent years has taken its toll on the CPS. This sudden increase is named in our Manifesto for Justice as one of the major issues that needs addressing within the Criminal Justice System. It’s promising to see Downing Street acknowledge this problem, and to allocate specifically targeted funding to address it.

“However, though £85 million sounds like a great deal, it is not enough to undo all the damage that has been done by years of cuts.

“It does not cover the real-terms loss of department money over the last decade, and if Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to see a steep increase in prosecutions – to go with the increase of police officers – even more resources will be needed.

“This cash injection is a start. But it shouldn’t be treated as an end.”

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