Responding to the announcement that grassroots organisations in Enfield and Haringey have received a share of £1.15 million funding from the Mayor of London for anti-knife crime projects, local London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM said:
“Today’s announcement dispels recent insinuations made in the press that the Mayor’s action on knife crime is limited to an ad campaign. By funding another 34 grassroots community initiatives across London as part of his Knife Crime Strategy, Sadiq Khan is taking concrete steps to prevent further tragedies from taking place on our streets. Our community is amongst those that will benefit, with funding being granted to 5 grassroots organisations in Enfield and Haringey.
“Early intervention projects play an essential part in stemming the culture of violence in our capital. They empower young people and enhance community cohesion. To this extent, the Mayor will also be introducing his £45 million ‘Young Londoners Fund’, in order to plug the gap left by deep and sustained cuts to youth services made by the Government over the last 8 years.
“Under the current mayoralty, we have the first ever dedicated Knife Crime Strategy, alongside the investment of an extra £110 million from the Mayor to the Met to sustain police numbers and to try and mitigate the impact caused by Government cuts. Meanwhile, today’s funding will go towards stopping the most vulnerable kids in our community becoming caught up in crime.
“The criticisms that have come out against the Met and the Mayor in recent days are evidently unfounded, especially when the Government have continually refused to properly fund our police.”