The Government will announce an extra £20 million of funding to boost troubled Police Crime Commissioners (PCC) after their difficult first year.
Policing Minister Damian Green is expected to make the announcement in a speech later today at an event for PCCs.
He will say:
For all its imperfections - concerns over expenses, clashes between PCCs and chiefs, the occasional questionable appointment - the democratic system we have installed is infinitely better than that which preceded it.
I am sure some people thought PCCs were a passing fad. But on the eve of the anniversary of the first elections they should now be able to see that they are here to stay.
And far from shying away from our landmark reform, it is our intention to reinforce, strengthen and expand this new democratic institution."
Raising the age to which someone can sit on a jury to 75 is about "harnessing" the knowledge and "life experiences" of a generation, said Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green.
The right to be tried by your peers is, and remains, a cornerstone of the British Justice system laid down in the Magna Carta almost 800 years ago.
Our society is changing and it is vital that the criminal justice system moves with the times. The law as it currently stands does not take into account the increases to life expectancy that have taken place over the past 25 years
This is about harnessing the knowledge and life experiences of a group of people who can offer significant benefits to the court process
– Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green
Each year, around 178,000 people in England and Wales undertake jury service, but currently only those between 18 and 70 can sit as jurors.
Policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green has outlined steps he is taking to ensure that "sickening" sexual crimes against children do not remain hidden.
He said: "Police are bringing more cases before the courts and significant sentences are being handed down to perpetrators.
"But more needs to be done. Ceop is doing excellent work and we will see its capability strengthened when it is transferred to the National Crime Agency later this year.
"I am leading a new Home Office group which is urgently looking at how we better identify those at risk, create a more victim-focused culture within the police, health and children's services, improve data-sharing and address cultural barriers to uncovering abuse."
Policing minister Damian Green said that a forthcoming review into the use of cautions by the police is intended to ensure serious and repeat criminals end up before a court.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
It may be that the guidelines were not clear enough in the past and the new guidance we are issuing actually does provide more specific guidance on the exceptional circumstances when you can give a caution even if there is a serious offence committed.
It may well be something to do with the mental health or the age of the offender.
You do have to give that ultimate decision to the police officer involved but I do think in terms of having general confidence in the system it is clear, on the whole, you only want cautions to be used for low level offences for first time offenders and so on.