“The safety of young people in Camden is in crisis”, said Cllr Tom Simon, backing the Lib Dems’ amendment to the Labour Council’s Budget earlier this month.
Cllr Simon called for the council to extend its funding for tackling Youth Violence and to take quicker action to address this issue. He said
“The safety of young people in Camden is in crisis. But the Council’s Youth Safety Task Force was set up in 2017 and is only now taking action. At the same time, its funding is outstripped by the Council’s budget cuts to youth safety services. The Liberal Democrats would double the funding going directly into youth safety and would invest additional funds in youth workers, with a focus on 11-15 year olds to help prevent these young people from getting involved in violence during this critical period.”
Cllr Simon continued:
“Across London, residents are calling for more action to tackle knife crime. Lib Dem Mayoral Candidate Siobhan Benita authored the all-party Youth Violence Commission’s Interim Report in 2018. She knows the importance of a relentless focus on prevention and early intervention. As Mayor, she would create a new London Youth Service to offer more opportunities to young people after school hours, and bring schools together to work on practical solutions to reduce school exclusions and keep young people engaged in education.”
The Liberal Democrat plans – rejected by Labour – would have found £1.15m over two years to recruit more youth workers and extend programmes to tackle knife and violent crime across the borough.