Funding news

£56.5m allocated to tackle youth crime – Tuesday 16 September 2008

The government has announced substantial funding to prevent youth crime in communities across England.

More after-school patrols and street-based teams to prevent and tackle youth crime will be funded in 69 local authority areas, as part of the youth crime action plan (opens new window), which launched in July. It aims to tackle youth crime through a comprehensive strategy involving early prevention, non-negotiable support and tough enforcement.

All parts of England will be offered the funding to boost the drive to tackle youth crime, but today each of the 69 areas are being offered £700,000 for intensive action over the next three years, with £90,000 available to each local authority this year.

Some areas the funding will aim to build on are:

  • using safeguarding laws to remove young people at risk from the streets at night;
  • building street-based teams of youth workers and ex-gang members to tackle groups of young people involved in crime and disorder;
  • providing positive activities for young people.

In addition, 20 local authorities will get an extra £100,000 this year to expand family intervention projects.

For the Home Office press release go to: (opens new window).