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Milton Keynes

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to North East Milton Keynes constituency, the effects on Milton Keynes of the policies and actions of his Department and its predecessors since 1997. (316041)

The Home Office has introduced a range of policies and initiatives since 1997. However, it is not always possible to quantify their effects particularly at constituency level. The available statistical information therefore relates to the Milton Keynes crime and disorder reduction partnership area.

In terms of police recorded crime in Milton Keynes, between 2002-03 and 2008-09, total recorded crime rose by 8 per cent. More specifically:

Violence against the person—up 85 per cent. (up 1 per cent. in last year)

Sexual offences—down 11 per cent. (down 4 per cent. in last year)

Robbery—up 42 per cent. (up 4 per cent. in last year)

Burglary—down 12 per cent. (down 2 per cent. in last year)

Offences against vehicles—down 24 per cent. (no change in last year)

Other theft offences—down 4 per cent. (down 4 per cent. in last year)

Criminal damage—up 2 per cent. (down 9 per cent. in last year)

Drug offences—up 134 per cent. (up 26 per cent. in last year) (there has been increased recording of drug offences which is mainly attributable to the increased use of police powers to issue cannabis warnings).

Data prior to 2002-03 are not directly comparable because of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. Additionally, no data at borough level are available prior to 1998-99.

Milton Keynes Basic Command Unit had 419 police officers as at 30 March 2009. The number of police officers has increased by 73 since 2003. Comparisons with 1997 for Milton Keynes BCU are not available. There were 73 police community support officers as at 30 March 2009 while there were none in existence in 1997.

Antisocial behaviour

Milton Keynes is to receive an additional £44,000 to tackle antisocial behaviour as part of the joint announcement in November 2009 by the Home Secretary and the Communities Secretary of additional funding for tackling ASB.

Drug-related offending

Since the inception of the national Drugs Intervention Programme (DIP) in 2003, Milton Keynes has received Home Office funding to deliver the DIP programme enabling it to tackle and reduce drug-related crime through targeting and steering individuals into treatment to reduce their offending. In 2009-10 Milton Keynes received grant of £166,338.

Tackling knives

Thames Valley is part of the Tackling Knife Crime and Serious Youth Violence Programme (TKAPIISYV) and has been allocated £250,000 from the TKAP programme for 2009-10. This includes work with young people and the community to prevent and educate about knife crime and serious youth violence. It will include the 13 to 24-year-old offender group who in Milton Keynes have a statistically significant impact on total knife crime.

Domestic violence

Milton Keynes has received funding and support from the Home Office and Government office for the south-east (GOSE) to tackle domestic violence. This includes Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference MARAC funding 2008-09 (£15,000), Independent Domestic Violence Adviser (IDVA) funding 2007-08 (£20,000), Domestic Violence project 2003-05 ( £20,000) and A and E information sharing initiative 2006-07 (£10,000).

Milton Keynes is benefiting from GOSE regional support on improving performance of MARACs through the commissioning of tailored MARAC chair training providing them with the tools and skills to develop their MARAC and improve delivery of NI32—reducing repeat victimisation. The Home Office have provided NI32 data collection workshops for MARAC co-ordinators.

GOSE organises a regional Domestic Violence Co-ordinators forum bringing together the local authority co-ordinators (including Milton Keynes) on a quarterly basis to share good practice, provide them with an opportunity to keep up to date with—and help inform—Government policy, discuss emerging issues and resolutions, encourage new ideas and provide mutual support.

Alcohol related violence

GOSE provided Milton Keynes with advice in the development of their Alcohol Strategy. Milton Keynes attends GOSE's regional alcohol forum which is held every two months. Where the work of the Department of Health colleagues, the HO alcohol lead, DCSF young people's alcohol lead and TKAPIISYV local advisor in ensuring the Most Serious Violence, Alcohol and Health agendas are pulled together to deliver reductions in violent crime. Milton Keynes £9,700 received from the Alcohol-related Partnership Activity Fund in 2008-09.

Partnership support programme

The Home Office and GOSE made a joint Partnership Programme intervention in Milton Keynes in 2007 to help support improvements in the Milton Keynes Community Safety Partnership. Following agreement of its recommendations there has been improvement in partnership working to deliver on key aspects of the community safety agenda. Milton Keynes received £20,000 in 2008-09 from the Partnership Support Programme.

Police BCU funding Milton Keynes BCU received an allocation of £150,204 for 2009-10.

Safer and Stronger Communities Fund (capital) grant

In 2009-10 Milton Keynes received £73,000.

The Neighbourhood Statistics Service provides a wide range of statistical information at parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at:

http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk./