Home Office to fund extra £500k against youth violence

A rally against knife-crime

A rally against knife-crime

Home Office has announced that an extra fund of £500k would be used for tackling youth violence as part of a wider push to stamp out gang violence and knife crime.

This funding is additional to the £18m already spent on working with police and other groups to tackle gang violence.

The fund will be provided to the voluntary and charitable organisations, working directly with young people at risk of becoming violent offenders and those already involved in knife and gun crime. The Home Office also has the intention to expand its Ending Gang and Youth Violence frontline team to cover more “priority areas” from 29 to 33.

Home Secretary, Theresa May is hopeful that an additional funding would help police “protect communities” as well as boost the work done by charities and voluntary groups.

According to the latest statistics revealed by the home office, firearms usage increased from 7,362 to 9,974 in recorded crimes in the year to last April. 35 percent increase is observed in gun crime in England and Wales.

Ms. May has said: “Serious youth violence has a devastating impact on communities and needs to be stopped.

“We need to change the life stories of the young people who too often end up dead or seriously injured on our streets or are sucked into a life of violence and crime.”

However, a youth worker and former gang member, Sheldon Thomas is of the opinion that the sums of money allocated for tackling gang violence is too small to have any real effect as sufficient resources are required in this wake.

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