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Crime Prevention: Voluntary Organisations

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support her Department gives to voluntary organisations that help reduce crime in communities. (176834)

The Department is committed to working with voluntary sector organisations that play a crucial role in helping to shape, and where appropriate, deliver crime reduction services directly. In recognising this role at both regional and national level, the Home Office in 2007-08 provided over £3 million in financial support to several organisations, which demonstrates our continued support to our partnership with third sector organisations.

In addition, the Connected Fund—Government funding for community groups—has so far made over £1.75 million available to 400 small voluntary groups working on gun crime and related issues across the country.

The Home Office has also provided funding of £5.9 million in 2007-08 to Crime Concern for the Positive Futures Programme. Positive Futures is a national sports-based social inclusion programme which targets vulnerable young people in 30 areas worst affected by drug-related crime across the country.

Other financial support from the Home Office also benefits voluntary organisations. In 2007-08 this included over £21 million to the Youth Justice Board to fund youth crime prevention: third sector organisations are often key local delivery partners. The Tackling Gangs Action programme is working with third sector community groups as well as statutory providers to tackle gang activity and gun and knife crime. In addition, a substantial amount of Home Office funding is pooled with other funding through local area agreements to be spent locally, and again voluntary organisations are often key delivery partners locally in tackling crime in communities: in the current 2007-08 Financial Year the Home Office contributed £65 million resource and 18 million capital through local area agreements.