Prisons cost millions extra

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The Independent Online
New prison buildings are costing millions of pounds more than was originally intended, a report published today says. The National Audit Office blames the Prison Service for not appraising projects properly and for delays and changes in plans.

Since 1980, 21 new prisons have been built providing 11,000 places for pounds 1.2bn. Biggest overspend was on Woodhill, near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire; budgeted at pounds 77.9m, it cost pounds 102.3m. Lancaster Farms, Lancashire, for young offenders, was pounds 18.3m over budget and Doncaster prison pounds 11.7m.