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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of rising levels of knife crime and of the Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner's claim that reductions in police numbers and cuts to youth services have created "a toxic mix".
The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, published in April 2018, includes our analysis of the factors driving increases in serious violence. This highlighted a range of possible factors and that a major factor was changes in the drugs market.
The Government is also clear that prevention and early intervention, alongside tough enforcement, are critical to achieving sustainable reductions in knife crime and serious violence.
This is why the Government is providing the police with new powers through the Offensive Weapons Bill, promoting a major media campaign #knife free, we are investing £22 million into the prevention of serious violence through the Early Intervention Youth Fund, in addition to the £200 million Youth Endowment Fund which will provide support over the next 10 years for those young people most at risk of serious violence. We will also be shortly consulting on a new statutory duty to underpin the multi-agency approach to tackling violence and we have an established an independent review of drug misuse.