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.”