Knives: Crime

Home Department written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Government funding has been provided for tackling teenage knife crime in each year since publication of the Kinsella Review in February 2011.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Minister of State, Home Department

On 2 February 2011, Hansard, column 46WS, the Home Secretary announced £18 million funding to tackle knife, gun and gang crime. The funding was given to police, local agencies and the voluntary sector to tackle serious youth violence and prevent young people entering a cycle of crime. This funding addressed issues of gang and youth violence including knife crime.

The two year funding supported enforcement and prevention work by police in three knife crime hotspot areas, alongside positive activities for young people and local work to bring about long-term changes in attitudes and behaviours. The money included up to:

£3.75 million (£2 million in 2011-12 and £1.75 million in 2012-13) for the three police forces areas where more than half of the country’s knife crime occurs—the Metropolitan Police Service, Greater Manchester, and the West Midlands.

£4 million (£2 million in 2011-12 and £1.75 million in 2012-13 ) for a ‘communities against gangs, guns and knives’ fund—for local voluntary organisations across England and Wales working with young people to stop involvement in knife and gang violence.

£10 million for prevention and diversionary activities and engagement with young people at risk of becoming involved in crime, including knife related violence

£1 million to support the development of anti-knife, gun and gang crime materials for schools and a good practice website to enable local projects to share knowledge and expertise. About 280 practitioners are now sharing information through the Knowledge Hub set up in the Local Government Association website.

£250,000 for 2011-12 of the Ben Kinsella Fund (in addition to the £250,000 provided for 2010-11) for young people to run anti-knife crime projects in their local area.

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