Wages paid to prisoners are to be cut and redirected to support victims of crime, the Ministry of Justice says.
Around 500 prisoners are expected to be affected by the 40% pay cut, which will raise up to £1 million a year for victim support services.
The cut will only be applied to wages over £20 after tax, national insurance and any court order or child support payments have been deducted.
As the average weekly wage of offenders working in prison is £10 many prisoners will not be affected by the changes.
Louise Casey, victim's commissioner, puts across her support for prisoner contributions to be made to help ease the cost of supporting victims.
Javed Khan, Victim Support chief executive, says working in prison leads individuals onto reform path.
Juliet Lyons, Prison Reform Trust director, expresses support for idea but warns against breaking the link between earning in prison to help resettlement.
Nick Herbert, policing minister, emphasises the value of making offenders take personal responsibility for their crimes through financial reparation.
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