MOPAC not only holds the Met Police to account for delivering its priorities, but it also has overarching responsibilities for crime reduction in the capital and has significant powers to commission services.
The London Crime Prevention Fund 2017-2021
The London Crime Prevention Fund (LCPF) was established in 2013, bringing together a number of funding streams that existed before MOPAC was set up. The fund ran from 2013/14 to 2016/17 in line with the Police and Crime Plan (DMPCD 2013/96), and these arrangements ended on March 2017.
In November 2016 the Mayor committed to continuing the LCPF budget over the next four years (2017-2021) to prevent crime in London, maintaining recent levels of investment despite significant pressures on the policing budget.
A new approach to the LCPF has been introduced that safeguards and protects local community safety and preventative services while also enabling us to collectively achieve more through co-commissioning than would otherwise have been possible under the previous model.
The new approach
The new approach to the LCPF involves:
- Continuing the LCPF budget over the next four years (2017/18 to 2020/21);
- Committing direct borough funding for two 2 year periods to afford boroughs greater flexibility in spending that funding;
- Uplifting funding for those boroughs which were previously allocated less than their share of LCPF in 2017/18 (according to an assessment of need and demand) then redistributing funding based entirely on a need and demand formula for the remaining three years of the fund (2018/19 to 2020/21);
- Apportioning the use of the LCPF budget between direct borough funding (70%) and funding for co-commissioning services (30%) over the course of 2018/19 to 2020/21.
Direct borough funding
Our interactive map outlines the crime priorities we are tackling through direct borough funding and provides information on each of the services we are funding in each borough.
Through the Co-Commissioning Fund (CCF), MOPAC is providing funding to groups of partners to work together to deliver solutions to entrenched or emerging crime and community safety issues. The purpose of the fund is to drive innovative, new approaches and to extend the reach of existing effective services in London through the co-design, co-commissioning and co-delivery of services. The CCF was developed in consultation with London boroughs and wider partners.
The value of the fund is currently just under £14.8m. The fund has been divided in to two tranches: £10m was available in Tranche 1 for 3 year projects focused on four priority areas: child sexual exploitation, sexual violence, female offending and youth offending. NHS England provided an additional £285,000 into the Tranche 1 funding pot to address female offending. The application process for Tranche 1 has closed.
Tranche 2 is currently £4.5m for 2 year projects. We are reviewing learning from Tranche 1 to inform the prioritisation and processes of Tranche 2. The application process will open early Autumn 2018.
The following projects were awarded in funding in Tranche 1.
• Advance Minerva Wrap Around Female Offenders Service – This project was allocated £2,996,940 to deliver a female offenders service 15 London boroughs (Barking & Dagenham, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Newham, Waltham Forest and Westminster).
• Taith (Journey) London – This project was allocated £1,857,863 to deliver a specialist harmful sexual behaviour service in 9 London boroughs (Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Hammersmith & Fulham, Havering, Kensington & Chelsea, Redbridge, Wandsworth and Westminster).
• South London Alliance Female Offenders Service – This project was allocated £1,606,173 to deliver a female offending service in six London boroughs (Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Sutton and Wandsworth).
• Out There Response and Rescue – This project was allocated £3,036,916 to deliver a pan-London ‘county lines’ service to support vulnerable young Londoners exploited by criminal gangs. This project will be the first large scale county lines service that brings together police intelligence analysis, London boroughs and specialist voluntary and community organisation to tackle this complex issue.
This left funding remaining in tranche 1. To ensure that the tranche 1 funding is fully utilised and to ensure a transparent funding allocation process, the two projects tied in 5th place in assessment process have been invited to submit a revised proposal for the remaining funding.