Reducing Inequality in London Neighbourhoods

Meeting: 
MQT on 2020-02-24
Session date: 
February 24, 2020
Reference: 
2020/0484
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A report by the Violence Reduction Unit entitled ‘Violence in London: what we know and how to respond’ found that ‘just over half of all the poorest neighbourhoods in London were also the poorest over a hundred years ago and gang territories identified today map on well to streets identified as poor in 1900.’ What work are you doing to tackle the deep-rooted inequality between neighbourhoods in London?

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Answer for Reducing Inequality in London Neighbourhoods
Reducing Inequality in London Neighbourhoods

Reducing Inequality in London Neighbourhoods

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We are aware that violence is linked to inequality and have published research which shows a correlation between serious youth violence and the Index of Multiple Deprivation. 

I am addressing London’s unacceptable high levels of poverty in a number of ways, which I’ve recently outlined to the Assembly here - https://www.london.gov.uk/questions/2020/0172

I am also addressing the deep-rooted inequalities between neighbourhoods in a range of ways: through my £45m Young Londoners Fund supporting young people who are at risk of being affected by crime; programmes such as HeadStart Action which have a geographical focus on their work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds; and through my Violence Reduction Unit which works with communities to address the root causes of violence. My Good Growth Fund is helping to regenerate the most deprived parts of London, where, across the first two rounds of the Fund, 57 per cent of funding went to projects in the most income deprived wards in the country.