Making crime pay: are enforcement undertakings leading to better outcomes?

Enforcement undertakings have raised more than £11m for good causes since 2011, exclusive ENDS analysis reveals, but are they leading to better outcomes for business and nature?

Under British law, there are circumstances where a criminal offence may have occurred but it is in nobody’s interest for a criminal prosecution to be brought. Take speeding offences as an example. Exceeding road speed limits may be against the law, but it is generally held that, unless the excess speed is outrageous, a civil sanction in the form of a fine is preferable to taking up court time giving an offender a criminal record.

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