2015 Report details for project: Prison Unit Cost Programme (PUCP)

Project name: Prison Unit Cost Programme (PUCP) - there are 3 reports for this project: 2014, 2015, 2016
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Organisation: MOJ (D18) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The aim of the Prison Unit Cost Programme is to maximise the delivery of savings from public sector prisons over three years (2013-2016). The objectives are: • To reduce unit cost in real terms by £2,200 [†] p.a. per place when compared to the 2012/13 baseline on a consistent basis, • To deliver an overall reduction in spend over the lifetime of the programme in public sector prisons by £550 million with ongoing annualised savings of £306 million (15%) against a 2012/13 baseline, • To ensure that these changes support the safety, security, and decency of public prisons within the agreed specifications. [†] This is calculated on direct operating cost of public sector prisons only divided by the number of operational capacity places only. For future years the planned savings and changes in capacity (closures, new house blocks) is taken into account. The future years inflation rates is based on HMT GDPs.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Delivery Confidence rating reflects the high degree of confidence that the programme will deliver the planned savings, but that there are concerns that the wider benefits of implementing cultural change and new ways of working in prisons may not be fully realised by March 2016. This was confirmed by an independent assurance review in December 2014. Prisons that have concluded the transition phase of benchmarking are generally showing improved performance, but due to a combination of staff vacancies and increased prison population there remain challenges in applying benchmarking across the whole estate. Recruitment activities are gaining momentum and there is increasing evidence that the workforce vacancy position is improving significantly. The increased Competing Delivery of Services savings remain on track and the prison estate restructuring savings have been delivered.
Start date: 2012-11-20
End date: 2016-12-01
Schedule text: The programme remains on track. The Competing Delivery of Services contracts were awarded in November 2014 as per schedule.
Baseline: £85.20m
Forecast: £23.20m
Variance: -72.80%
Variance text: Almost all of the 2014/15 forecast variance is as a result of a lower than planned VEDS (Voluntary Early Departure Scheme) requirement. The requirement decreased significantly for both the Closures and Benchmarking Projects due to a combination of operational pressures and vacancies, consequently we do not need to make as many staff redundant as originally anticipated.
Whole Life Cost: £866.40m
WLCost text: The Whole Life Cost has increased from last year due to the inclusion of estimates from the Competing Delivery of Services Outline Business Case, in respect of the 5 years contract for Facilities Management Services. It should be noted that these costs are likely to fall as the tender process progresses and the contract scope crystallises.
Notes1: Prison Unit Cost Programme
Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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