For the first time since records have been kept, BTP has received fewer letters than the year before. BTP received 13,566 letters in 2012 compared to 14,914 in 2011.
For BTP it is a welcome breather as it has been incredibly difficult to keep up with the constantly growing numbers of requests. One thing that would make it better of course, would be if it in some way reflected an equivalent decrease in the number of people in the prison system, or a sign that there is less need out there. But considering the number of people in the prison system, BTP is only scratching the surface.