This morning Tuesday 10th April I attended a summit put together by the Mayor of London to discuss the strategy put forward by his office and the Home Office to help tackle violent crime. At this event I spoke directly to the Mayor and Home Secretary to call again for an dedicated investigation into how young children in our communities are accessing firearms – in particular I raised this recent report by MOPAC regarding theincrease in gun crime in London. When parliament returns I will continue to seek to ensure this is given priority by the police.
As part of this strategy, the Mayor has also set up a £45m Young Londoners Fund to help children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It will support a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for children and young people. The 3-year fund will see £30m made available for projects in local communities. The remaining £15m will be invested to expand existing projects funded by City Hall that support young Londoners.
As local government is now in ‘purdah’ ahead of the local elections in May, this funding will not be made available until after these elections have happened. However, ahead of this local communities and charities can register their interest in applying for this funding here:
I would like to encourage all those working with young people or with ideas for projects for Walthamstow to register for this funding. So too, my office is seeking to assist in compiling a database of projects and proposals working in the Walthamstow area on this issue – if you are part of a youth led project or provide activities for young people and would like to be part of this list please send a short paragraph with the details of what your group does and contact information to my office and we will add you this database for circulation in Walthamstow in due course.