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Devolution on crime matters?

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

What further areas of crime prevention and victims’ services do you want to see devolved to London government?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My five key asks of the Secretary of State in relation to justice devolution were to allow regional commissioning of the Homicide Service through devolved funding, pilot a devolved approach to the National Probation Service’s Victim Contact Scheme, explore a shadow budget to fund sustainable female offender services, pool funding to enable the co-commissioning of rehabilitation services, and to pilot services to improve the transition from youth justice to the adult criminal justice system.

These are the key elements which I believe constitute a meaningful package of devolution to London. Unfortunately, these ambitions have not been realised as all these asks have been refused by the Secretary of State, which I believe is to the detriment of London’s most vulnerable victims and offenders.