This impacts case study shows how our review led to an overhaul of the whole approach to confiscating criminals’ assets, including better coordination across regional offices and with the police and organised crime units.

It is one example of financial or non-financial benefits realised in 2014 as a result of our involvement, all of which are set out in our interactive PDF.

Impacts case study

The NAO’s report, Confiscation Orders, found that the government’s process for confiscating criminals’ assets was not working well enough and was not value for money.

What are impacts?

As a result of the NAO report and the related report from the Committee of Public Accounts, one of the bodies involved in the process, the Crown Prosecution Service, has set about overhauling its whole approach. It has joined up its fragmented resources into a dedicated Proceeds of Crime centre, introduced an enhanced case management system and improved its performance and cost management  data. It is also changing its regional offices so they are co-located with police asset recovery teams and regional organised crime units.  Although the changes are not yet complete (at the time of writing), early indications are that asset recovery and resulting crime disruption have increased and will become more effective as new working practices embed.


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