Responding to the announcement that grassroots organisations in Lambeth and Southwark have received a large share of £1.15 million funding from the Mayor of London for anti-knife crime projects, Local London Assembly Member Florence Eshalomi 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 organisations in Lambeth and Southwark such as ML Community Enterprise, Fight for Change and Damilola Taylor Trust.
“Early intervention projects play an essential part in stemming the culture of violence in our capital. It empowers young people and enhances community cohesion. The reality is that the Mayor has had 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 in the Met to sustain police numbers. 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, when the Government have continually refused to properly fund our police, even in a time of crisis.”
Notes to editors
- The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced today that 34 local projects will receive a share of £1.15 million of funding as part of his wider Knife Crime Strategy. A full list of the initiatives to receive the support of the Mayor can be found here;
- Damilola Taylor Trust (Southwark), Fight for Change Foundation (Lambeth and Southwark), The St Matthew’s Project (Lambeth), ML Community Enterprise (Lambeth), Southside Young Leaders’ Academy (Southwark and Lambeth), Cassandra Learning Centre (Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark) and Key4Life CIO (Southwark, Haringey, Lambeth, Brent, Hammersmith & Fulham) have all received funding totalling over £250,000;
- Nine additional projects were previously provided with a pot of funding in March;
- Florence Eshalomi is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark.