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News - 30 December 2012

Government earmarks another £0.5m to fund anti-gang initiatives

The Home Office is to provide up to £10,000 to each of 50 community organisations dedicated to tackling youth violence. The cash is aimed at encouraging young people who are at risk of becoming offenders, and existing gang members, on to a different path. Much of the money will go to London.

The cash follows £18m already spent on working with police and others to tackle gang violence.

The Home Office also confirmed that it would expand its Ending Gang and Youth Violence team to cover three more priority areas including Merton and Hammersmith and Fulham in London, and Leeds. It previously covered 29 priority areas.

Home Office minister Jeremy Browne said "a disproportionate amount" of the money and expertise would be earmarked for London, "because sadly but frankly London has a greater problem with gangs than many other parts of the country,"

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