Funding to tackle root causes of exclusions in London

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has added further funding of £55.5m to tackle the causes of violent crime, including more investment in the Mayor's Violence Reduction Unit.

The money will fund new measures including peer-mentoring programmes for young people in Pupil Referral Units to help tackle the consequences of school exclusions, and funding for community groups as part of a hyper-localised approach to violence reduction.

£25m will go towards the Young Londoners Fund – providing new funding for projects and programmes that provide positive opportunities for disadvantaged young people and help steer them away from crime.

There will also be increased investment in programmes to tackle ‘county lines’ and to disrupt the drugs market in the capital, as well as funding to target persistent offenders and domestic abuse perpetrators as part of a joined-up approach to reducing offending.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "I am launching a new £55.5m package to tackle the root causes of crime by reducing school exclusions, providing more mentors for young people creating more positive opportunities for disadvantaged young Londoners. This means that more than £100m will be invested in tacking violence this year.”

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