Tens of millions of pounds in court fines are never paid every year, according to MPs.
The Public Accounts Committee (PCA), which made the claim, has called for urgent reform of “ridiculous” arrangements for collecting cash from offenders.
Its report said that in 2004/05, fines totalling £69m – almost a fifth of the annual total by value – were cancelled at a cost of £28m.
It also found the Government has no way of knowing how many offenders have actually paid what they were told to by the courts.
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