UK prisons spent £11 million on diversity staff wages from 2020 to 2022, our investigation has revealed. The total number of diversity staff increased from 135 to 145 over the two year period, with the average prison employing 1.5 people. Eight prisons had three members of staff in 2022, and the highest paid staff were on up to £57,515 a year.
Speaking to The Times, which published the findings, our investigations campaign manager, Elliot Keck, said:
"This looks like an open and shut case of misplaced priorities costing the taxpayer a pretty penny.
"While prisons have statutory obligations on equality and diversity, they shouldn't need multiple staff devoted to the task.
"Prisons should look seriously at whether these roles are really necessary."