Corporate reports

Annual report

The Council is required by statute to provide the Lord Chancellor with a report on the exercise of the Council’s functions during the year. The Lord Chancellor must lay a copy of the report before Parliament.

The Council’s annual reports are a detailed summary of our activities and achievements between 1 April and the following 31 March. They include:

  • Foreword from the Chairman
  • Table of key events
  • A report for each guideline on which work was done during the year
  • Sentencing and non-sentencing factors reports
  • Accounts of work completed by the Analysis and Research and Communication functions
  • The Council’s budget
  • Statutory functions and governance of the Council
  • Membership of the Council

The report is published annually and laid before Parliament before the summer recess.

Business plan

The Sentencing Council publishes a business plan every year, setting out our aims and objectives for the coming year. These aims and objectives include:

  • publishing definitive guidelines;
  • developing and consulting on proposed guidelines; and
  • monitoring and evaluating the operation and effect of existing guidelines.

The plan is published annually and updated if there are any significant changes during the course of the year.