New funding has been secured to help communities work with young people and prevent them from being drawn into knife crime.
The Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins announced the funding will increase from £250,000 previously allocated – for anti-knife crime projects to £1.4 million.
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Sadiq Khan said nine schemes had been awarded funding in the first round of grants, adding that the aim of the projects was to “root out violence within our communities and give more young Londoners the skills, support and aspirations they need to turn away from crime and fulfil their potential.”
The Home Office said it will publish its Serious Violence Strategy, aimed at intervening before young people consider carrying knives as normal or necessary, in spring.
However, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC) Sophie Linden said she feared for the safety of Londoners as the Met faces having to find £325 million of annual savings by 2021.
In October 2017, The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in London announced they will have a community fund to support local anti-knife projects in London. “The fund has been set up to support community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people at risk of carrying a knife and committing crime. The fund is open to voluntary and community sector groups and the Home Office has made £500,000 available in 2017 to 2018. We are inviting bids for funding for projects of up to £20,000 although we will consider bids for greater funding for projects with collaboration between partners.”