Some charities 'shut out' of £200m MoJ rehabilitation contracts, says Clinks

Smaller, local and specialist criminal justice charities have been “shut out” of a £200m Ministry of Justice (MoJ) programme, according to Clinks.

After the ministry announced which organisations it had awarded nearly £200m in contracts to deliver rehabilitation services, Clinks said the voluntary sector would be the MoJ's main partner, but argued the process had been “so complex” that many charities had decided against bidding at all. It also warned that small, local charities had not been given a role delivering services for their communities.

The value of contracts won by the voluntary sector was more than the £100m predicted last year. In total, £195m has been awarded to 26 organisations across England and Wales to provide support services that help reduce reoffending, such as employment and housing advice.

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