Serious Violence Taskforce: Finance

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

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Photo of Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Labour/Co-operative, Cardiff South and Penarth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding has been allocated to the Serious Violence Implementation Task Force programme in each region.

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

The Serious Violence Strategy Implementation Taskforce has recently been established, following the Prime Minister’s Serious Youth Violence Summit in April, to oversee and drive implementation of the Serious Violence Strategy. It brings together Ministers, Members of Parliament, the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Director General of the National Crime Agency, other senior police leaders, and chief executives from the public and voluntary sectors.

The Taskforce will ensure that funding from across Government is invested across regions to tackle serious violence. Definitive funding allocations are not available due to the breadth of activity across Government. However, I can confirm that, as the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Spring Statement on 13 March, there will be £100 million further funding in 2019/20 to tackle serious violence. £51 million of this funding has already been allocated to 18 police forces worst affected by serious violence to pay for a surge in operational activity, including increased patrols.

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