James Brokenshire (Old Bexley and Sidcup, Conservative)
There has been no formal assessment of the programme. Our commitment is to encourage community activism, with Government freeing up local people to make decisions for them about how best to tackle crime problems in their neighbourhoods in line with the Government's commitment to localism. We believe that communities are also best placed to assess the effectiveness of initiatives.
With the election of police and crime commissioners in November 2012 the public will, for the first time, have a direct role in determining local priorities and holding the police to account for delivery of those priorities. Police and crime commissioners will be able to use their local knowledge to assess the programmes delivered in their area and fund those which are suitable.