The Chancellor has much to do in his Autumn Statement

7th November 2023

Media Statement from the Centre for Social Justice

Commenting on the King’s Speech in the House of Lords today, Centre for Social Justice Chief Executive, Andy Cook, said:

“For all the pomp and circumstance, this felt like a government tidying up a few loose ends.

It was good to see the Renters Reform Bill being carried over, and we hope that underneath the red-blooded rhetoric around imprisonment, community sentencing will emerge as a robust alternative for petty criminals to reduce reoffending rates.

We were disappointed not to see specific reference to classing Cuckooing as a crime, and in the face of the crisis in school absence, absence guidance being made statutory and the introduction of a Children Not in School register.

The Chancellor has much to do in his Autumn Statement.”


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