Offensive Weapons

Home Department written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which programmes and organisations dealing with (a) gun and (b) knife crime her Department has funded in each of the last five years.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Crime & Security)

The Home Office has provided funding for a range of organisations working on issues generally relating to violent crime, including CrimeStoppers and Crime Concern.

In addition, through the Connected Fund, we have provided small grants to local community organisations working on tackling gun and knife crime. Lists of the organisations funded in the six rounds of the fund held to date can be found at:

www.connected.gov.uk.

The Home Office has also provided funding for Be Safe, which provides educational workshops on weapons; the Disarm Trust, which worked to support community groups working on gun crime; Urban Concepts' 'Don't Trigger Campaign', focusing on raising awareness of gun crime; Mothers Against Guns, which supports families of gun crime victims; From Boyhood to Manhood, an organisation working with young black men who are at risk of being involved with violent crime; and Street Pastors, which works on the streets on Friday and Saturday nights to listen to young people and provide support.

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