Dan Peters 21 August 2019

Crime-fighting funds in scarce supply - survey

Crime-fighting funds in scarce supply - survey  image

Three out of four UK council chief executives and leaders do not have access to enough funding to tackle rising levels of violent youth crime, a survey has found.

This figure rises to 85% for chief executives and leaders in London and metropolitan boroughs, where a similar proportion have reported a recent increase in violent youth offending in their areas.

The survey published today by the NLGN think-tank found that anti-social behaviour, gang-linked violence and drug offences have risen most sharply over the last five years.

In London, gang-linked violence was the offence that respondents thought had risen more than any other, with half saying it had increased the most out of any crime since 2014.

Respondents blamed a lack of youth services as a key factor contributing to increased youth violence.

The survey comes amid an 80% growth in knife crime offences since March 2014 while lower-level crime in the form of anti-social behaviour has also risen steadily, with 38% experiencing it in their local area over the last year – up from 28% in 2012/13.

A report by the Home Affairs Committee last month said the Government’s serious violence strategy was ‘completely inadequate’ and undermined by cuts to local authority youth services.

NLGN said the Government’s latest measures, including a new unfunded public health duty and pledge of 20,000 extra police officers, ‘simply do not go far enough’.

Director of NLGN, Adam Lent, said: ‘Violent youth offending is at a crisis point, but preventative programmes that are required to stem violent crime are precisely the programmes councils have had to cut due to a decade of austerity.’

Writing for The MJ’s website, senior policy researcher at NLGN, Trinley Walker, said the results of the survey painted an ‘alarming picture’.

He said: ‘Councils are at the coal-face of this growing crisis and are well-placed to undertake the forms of preventative intervention necessary to steer vulnerable people away from trouble in the first place, but they are not being supported to fulfil this critical role.

'This lack of support is letting the most vulnerable young people in society down and impacting negatively on the wider community they live in.’

LEPs: A year like no other image

LEPs: A year like no other

Alun Rogers, chair of Stoke and Staffordshire LEP, on the 2020-2021 annual review and his hopes for the future of the LEP.
Supporting young victims of domestic abuse image

Supporting young victims of domestic abuse

Steph Waddell says it’s time for a serious long-term commitment from government to improve understanding of what works in supporting children affected by domestic abuse.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior infrastructure engineer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£45.834 - £56.141
You’ll lead the building, testing and monitoring new and existing services both on-prem and in the cloud. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Infrastructure engineer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£37.772 - £46.999
This is a great role in a vibrant and growing team; we’re looking for people who have some experience in infrastructure engineering... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Solutions Architect

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Solutions ArchitectPermanent, Full TimeCompetitive SalaryLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Growth, Investment and Tourism – Dover District Council

Dover District Council
Competitive Salary
In this role, you will find significant and nationally important physical, economic and cultural assets with the capacity to... Dover, Kent
Recuriter: Dover District Council

Monitoring Officer / Assistant Director Legal, Registration & Electoral Services

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
£90,205 per annum         
This is an exciting time to join Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and an opportunity to make a real difference. Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue