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Assembly response to Mayor’s Violence Reduction Unit funding

15 July 2019

Today, the Mayor announced Violence Reduction Unit funding to support schools, youth workers and young people.

In response, Chairman of the London Assembly Police & Crime Committee, Unmesh Desai AM, said:


“We welcome the Mayor’s announcement this morning and his plans to fund multiple projects through London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).  We wrote to the Mayor in December 2018 calling for a clear plan on how London’s VRU will tackle and reduce crime across the capital, and this is a positive step towards achieving that.  


“Since 2012, we have seen a rise in serious youth violence across London.  The London Assembly Police & Crime committee has been warning about this issue for some time and the data revealed this morning by the Mayor reaffirms what we know about the links between youth violence, Adverse Childhood Experiences such as poor mental health and deprivation.  However, the data will help the Mayor and his team target those areas and communities in London that need more support and funding to make London safe for everyone.


“While we welcome the Mayor’s announcement, we must remember that youth violence is only one part of the violence issue faced by London.  We have repeatedly called on the VRU to focus on all violence, and we look forward to seeing how the VRU will achieve this in the future."

Notes to editors

  1. Unmesh Desai AM, Chairman of the Police & Crime Committee is available for interview. 
  2. Find out more about the work of the Police & Crime Committee.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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