9 June 2021

1 September 2021

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The Sentencing Council is issuing a new consultation on its proposed guidelines on sentencing burglary offences.

What is this consultation about?

In this consultation we are seeking people’s views on revised versions of the existing burglary sentencing guidelines, which cover domestic, non-domestic and aggravated burglary offences. The guidelines came into effect in 2012 and the Council is proposing revisions following an evaluation. 

Who should respond?

We would like to hear from anyone who might use the sentencing guidelines in their work; has an interest in sentencing or the criminal justice system or has knowledge and expertise in the field of tackling burglary offences. We would also like to hear from anyone who could be affected by the implementation of these guidelines as a victim or defendant or who represents people who might be affected.

What do we want to know?

Following an evaluation of the existing 2012 guidelines, the Council is proposing a number of revisions to the burglary guidelines. We are asking for people’s feedback on our proposals to:

  • introduce new middle categories for both culpability and harm factors, to allow judges and magistrates greater flexibility in deciding on an appropriate sentence; 
  • update the format of the guidelines to reflect the stepped approach used in recent sentencing guidelines; and
  • some minor changes to wording and placement of factors.

We are also seeking views on:

  • the principal factors that make any of the offences included in the revised guidelines more or less serious;
  • the additional factors that should influence the sentence;
  • the approach taken to structuring the draft guidelines;
  • the types and lengths of sentence that should be passed; and
  • anything else you think should be considered.

You can give us your feedback on just the areas you are interested in or you could answer all the questions in the consultation.

When do you need to respond?

The consultation runs until 1 September 2021.

Related information

Burglary offences statistical bulletin and data tables June 2021
Burglary offences: Draft resource assessment June 2021
Evaluation of burglary offences guidelines, 2016 and 2017
What’s the difference between theft, robbery and burglary?