Knife Crime

MQT on 2008-07-16
Session date: 
July 16, 2008
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In light of the recent tragic death of Ben Kinsella, how will the new Mayor be supporting the work of local organisations, such as the Times Amateur Boxing Club, in helping to divert young people away from knife crime.


Answer for Knife Crime

Answer for Knife Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Tackling youth violence is one of my key manifesto commitments, and it is a top priority to make London a safer city for young people. While I want to better support the MPS and boroughs on enforcement measures against knife and other serious violent crime, we also know that this approach should only be one of a number of solutions including a major focus on longer-term prevention and diversionary initiatives. Local provision, especially in the voluntary and community sector, does and will continue to play a vital part not only in diverting young people away from crime, but crucially improving their life chances through out-of-school sporting, cultural, citizenship and volunteering opportunities. Key objectives to be delivered through the London Youth Offer (of £19 million of LDA funding) are to increase the participation of disadvantaged young people in positive activities and reduce the number of first time entrants to the criminal justice system. The Young Londoners' Fund part is targeted at the voluntary and community sector. I shall also want the new Mayor's Fund to play a significant part in supporting local organisations particularly targeting disaffected young people.