Serious Violence Taskforce

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd April 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether representatives from the (a) Department of Health and (b) Department of Education have been to each meeting of the serious violence taskforce.

Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the (a) agendas and (b) attendees of each meeting of the serious violence taskforce from its inception to date.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Serious Violence Taskforce, chaired by the Home Secretary, brings together partners from within government and across sectors to drive forward implementation of the Serious Violence Strategy. These partners include representatives from the Department for Education and representatives from the Health sectors who have been present at each of the Taskforce meetings. The Minister of State for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention attended the last meeting of the Serious Violence Taskforce and is now a permanent member.

Due to the nature of the discussions of the Serious Violence Taskforce, the minutes and actions of the meeting are not available publicly so to ensure an open discussion. The Taskforce is a valuable forum and it has led to the Home Secretary’s recent announcements on a new £200m Youth Endowment Fund, a consultation on the proposed new legal duty to support the public health approach to tackling violence, an independent review of drug misuse, and informed the recent announcement of £100m to support a police surge and investment in Violence Reduction Units.

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