The Mayor of London has announced that bidding will soon open for the next wave of funding to support projects aimed at diverting young people away from crime.
From May organisations will be able to bid for a further £15m made available by the mayor which attempts to redress “crippling” cuts to youth services. A statement from the mayor’s office said the fund had already invested £20.5m in 179 projects, benefitting more than 63,000 young people in London.
Whilst the fund has supported a wide range of projects across the capital the 10 boroughs most affected by knife and violent crime, including Islington, Hackney, Croydon, Newham, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham have particularly benefitted.
Mr Khan said: "Massive reductions in government funding have caused crippling cuts to youth services and policing and there's no denying that this has contributed to a rise in violent crime."