Upgrades to the enforcement of court orders, including systems and technology, have been put on hold have been put on hold by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) as a result of budget constraints.
The plans are no longer affordable within the MoJ’s funding allocation for the 2015 spending review period.
The decision means enforcement orders and the collection of historic criminal debt will continue unchanged, effectively shelving the Transforming Compliance and Enforcement Programme (TCEP).
Work already underway “has not been lost”, the MoJ said, adding that new ways of working including better enforcement strategies and administration will continue to apply. In addition, it said focussed work on the development of future service design will continue, ensuring it is ready should it be required in the future.
In 2017/18, the Courts & Tribunal Service recovered more than £400m in fines, £59m more than the previous year, as well as collecting over £30m of historic debt.
Contracts for approved enforcement agency services, announced in July 2018, are unaffected by the decision.