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Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin: Cameron must get a grip on £552K compensation for criminals

Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed rising compensation payments to criminals attacked in prison.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has attacked the Government over rising compensation payments to criminals who have been attacked while in prison.

Austin unearthed the latest figures which reveal that these settlements have cost the taxpayer £552,000 in the last four years – an average of £138,000 each year up from £39,000 in 2008.

Many were shocked to hear that Levi Bellfield, who murdered Milly Dowler, was awarded £4,500 in April for being assaulted in jail. Other beneficiaries include Moors murderer Ian Brady, Suffolk strangler Steve Wright, and Soham murderer Ian Huntley.

These figures come after reports of overcrowded and under-staffed prisons coincided with a 25% rise in in the number of assaults compared to the previous year.

Ian Austin said:

“David Cameron has to get a grip. Decent law-abiding families will be shocked to discover the services they rely on are being cut back and families are being hit with the bedroom tax, while the Government is letting compensation for criminals go up every year.”

 

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