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Short changed on youth crime

PUBLISHED: 11:11 01 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:39 09 July 2010

HAVERING S youngsters are missing out on vital funds that could help to deter them from crime after figures revealed that the borough gets the lowest amount of funding for youth crime. Figures released this week as part of a report by London Councils sho

HAVERING'S youngsters are missing out on vital funds that could help to deter them from crime after figures revealed that the borough gets the lowest amount of funding for youth crime.

Figures released this week as part of a report by London Councils show that Havering receives just £143,000 funding from the government to tackle youth crime.

Council Leader, Michael White said: "The reason Havering's figures are low for youth crime is because we work hard on youth crime but if we had more money we would be able to do more work to ensure that it stays like that.

"By not funding us properly it is sending a message that the worse you are the more money you will get and the better you are the less money you will get."

The figures show that Newham receives the highest amount of funding with a whopping £3,326,000 followed by Southwark with £2,754,000.

Council Leader Michael White said: "Our problem with youth crime is not as bad as some boroughs but we still have some issues and I think that Havering needs to be properly served by the government."

The report looked at the ten grants that were given to the London Boroughs to help them tackle the problems of youth crime including money given for family intervention projects, anti social behaviour and preventing violent extremism.

The figures also show that Havering receives no extra funding for positive activities for young people, money that could be spent on activities for young people.

Supt Philip Morgan from Romford Police said: "By comparison to other London boroughs, Havering Police receive lower sums of money to fund youth projects.

"However, this reflects the fact that Havering is a particularly safe borough to live and work in and the amount of money received is pro rata to the need.

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