Reducing reoffending rates in London (3)

MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Since becoming Mayor in 2016, what action have you taken to support Londoners with a criminal record get into work or training? Could you provide an age breakdown of the number of people you have successfully supported?


Reducing reoffending rates in London (3)

Reducing reoffending rates in London (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

From 2019/20, the London proportion of the national Adult Education Budget is being devolved to the Mayor. I am intending to match-fund and draw down some of the remaining ESF allocation in London. The GLA is investing £2m in a new Ex-Offender employment and skills programme from 2019.  I have also invested £45m in the new Young Londoners Fund, many projects in the future will support those with a criminal record to gain employment and access training opportunities.

I am calling on the Government to come forward immediately with plans for the replacement of in-custody careers provision to replace the National Careers Service provision that was not renewed earlier in 2018.

In terms of delivery, London Gang Exit supported by MOPAC is a service that helps young Londoners to exit the gang. Since February 2016, 81 people have received work skills and employment interventions. Using the Skills for London Capital fund, LEAP has supported ‘The Bad Boy Bakery’ at HMP Brixton which aims to address the skills gap within the catering and hospitality sector. We are expecting the company to deliver 53 successful outcomes by April 19 which include; numbers supported in the bakery and numbers supported accessing employment opportunities after working in the bakery.