1. The overtime bill at the Crown Prosecution Service has increased nearly 600% since the coalition government imposed cuts on the organisation.
Overtime payments for CPS staff jumped from £778,000 in 2011 to £4.6 million last year, following deep cuts. Reductions to the organisation’s staffing levels were designed to save public money.
This 591% increase in overtime costs follows a substantial reduction in headcount at the body, which is responsible for prosecuting all criminal cases in England and Wales on behalf of the state. The official prosecutor has lost a quarter of its lawyers since 2010, with the remaining staff increasing their hours to compensate.
The longer hours worked by staff has been accompanied by a substantial increase in the number of administrative errors in court, with the number of crown court cases labelled “ineffective” due to administrative problems rising by around a third, according to figures obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism last year.