Mayor to invest £55.5m to tackle complex causes of violent crime

Thursday February 13th, 2020

Announcement brings total invested in tackling violence this year to more than £100mSadiq Khan

New money to be invested in tackling consequences of school exclusions and providing positive opportunities for thousands of young Londoners
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced he is directing £55.5m of new funding into tackling the complex underlying causes of violent crime in the capital.
Sadiq has made tackling violent crime his number-one priority and today set out a comprehensive package of new funding for 2020/2021 on hard-hitting programmes to help young Londoners turn their backs on crime, and preventative measures to provide positive opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
It brings the total additional amount the Mayor has invested in tackling violent crime in this year’s budget to £100.6m, which includes £45.1m going to the Met Police, some of which will be used to bring forward 600 extra police officers for 2020/21, on top of the 1,300 police officers already being funded by City Hall.
Youth services have been on the frontline of a near-decade of damaging Government cuts, with figures showing that there has been a 46 per cent reduction in national funding for youth services in the capital since 2011.* Sadiq is leading the way by being tough on the causes of crime and is determined to continue supporting young Londoners.
As part of this new package of measures to tackle the complex causes of crime, the Mayor is investing:
£25m of new money to build on the Young Londoners Fund – providing new funding for projects and programmes that provide positive opportunities for disadvantaged young people and help steer them away from crime
A big increase in funding for the Violence Reduction Unit initiatives, with new moves including peer-mentoring programmes for young people in Pupil Referral Units to help tackle the consequences of school exclusions, and funding for community groups as part of a hyper-localised approach to violence reduction

Increased investment in programmes to tackle ‘county lines’ and to disrupt the drugs market in the capital, as well as funding to target persistent offenders and domestic abuse perpetrators as part of a joined-up approach to reducing offending
While Ministers have finally started partially to reverse cuts to the police, Government funding for the Met still does not cover the number of police officers lost since 2010. As a result, the Mayor took the difficult decision to increase his share of council bills directed to the Met by £10 a year from April.
The Mayor is – for the third year running – diverting an uplift in business rates in programmes to tackle the complex causes of crime. He is using every financial lever at his disposal to invest in youth and preventative services and will be working in partnerships with others to support youth centres, schools and sports activities.

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