Magazine article Public Finance

Local Crime Funding 'Needs to Focus on Prevention'

Magazine article Public Finance

Local Crime Funding 'Needs to Focus on Prevention'

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Home Office funding for locally led efforts to tackle violent crime is targeted at the consequences rather than the causes and should be changed to allow for strategic planning, MPs have said.

The Commons Public Accounts Committee suggested that oneoff and short-term approaches to funding local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships - made up of local authorities, police forces, fire and rescue services and NHS bodies - meant initiatives were not targeting prevention.

PAC chair Edward Leigh said the National Audit Office's analysis of crime statistics had shown a reduction in the overall level of violent crime, but there was growing concern over the increase in the number of 15-17-year-olds convicted of carrying knives,

'Using the newly available information about the prevalence of knives at crime scenes, together with other research, the Home Office, police forces and Crime and Disorder Partnerships must tackle the root causes of knife possession among the young,' he said. …

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