Question to the Home Office:
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle knife crime.
Tackling knife crime is a priority and the Government is determined to crack down on the scourge of violence devastating our communities.
We identified a clear need for new primary legislation to respond to public concerns and provide the police with the powers they need. As such, under the provisions of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 we have prohibited the possession of a range of particularly dangerous knives and offensive weapons, and we are introducing further measures to tackle crime involving bladed items. These include stopping bladed items being sent to residential addresses after they are bought online, unless the seller has arrangements in place with the delivery company to ensure that the product would not be delivered into the hands of a person under 18.
Under the same Act we introduced Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPO). These preventative orders enable the courts to place positive requirements as well as restrictive measures on individuals to help the police steer those most at risk away from serious violence.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill includes a duty on public sector bodies to take a joined-up approach to addressing serious violence; the requirement for local agencies to review the circumstances when an adult homicide takes place involving an offensive weapon; and Serious Violence Reduction Orders, which give the police the power to stop and search known knife and offensive weapons carriers.
We have also committed £130.5m to tackle serious violence including knife crime and homicide in 21/22. This includes funding for targeted policing in serious violence hotspots, as well as our network of Violence Reduction Units, which draw together partners in 18 areas worst affected by serious violence in England and Wales to deliver coordinated action to tackle violence at its root.
In addition, we have invested £200m over 10 years for the Youth Endowment Fund, which is funding projects to support children and young people at risk of violence and exploitation and to steer them away from crime.
1. Serious Violence Strategy
21/05/2018 - Parliamentary Research
Found: Possession of offensive weapons offences 10 Knife Crime 12 Gun crime 13 2.3 Robbery 13 2.4 Police workforce
2. Anti-Social Behaviour
06/02/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: within section 2 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ﬁthe 2014 Actﬂ) which provides
3. Government response to organised crime and young people's safety
30/08/2018 - Parliamentary Research
Found: August 2018 Government response to organised crime and young people's safety By Jennifer Brown and
4. Government to harness power of sport to help tackle youth violence
01/04/2019 - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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Found: Government to harness power of sport to help tackle youth violence - GOV.UK
5. Transport Minister commends invaluable work to tackle knife crime on railways
29/03/2019 - British Transport Police Authority
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Found: Transport Minister commends invaluable work to tackle knife crime on railways - GOV.UK
1. Oral Answers to Questions
09/11/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: approach that my hon. Friend and the Home Secretary are taking to support brave police officers up and - Speech Link
2: besides covid compliance enforcement, we still have crime to fight, and if people want officers to be there - Speech Link
3: police officers in the next two years, when is the Department going to recruit them and base them in areas - Speech Link
2. Oral Answers to Questions
10/06/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: Will my right hon. Friend work with the Secretary of State for Education and the Treasury to ensure - Speech Link
2: absolutely right; we cannot arrest our way out of crime, and early intervention is critical. That is why - Speech Link
3: years. As he will know, the Select Committee on Home Affairs asked for the annual breakdown of that money - Speech Link
3. Oral Answers to Questions
14/12/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: me in congratulating Kent’s excellent police and crime commissioner, Matthew Scott, who, in his four years - Speech Link
2: incidence of catalytic converter theft, vehicle-related crime, antisocial behaviour and burglaries in Carshalton - Speech Link
3: 2010. While the population has grown and violent crime has risen by 150%, the Government have cut nearly - Speech Link
4. Oral Answers to Questions
12/07/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: drug gangs. In fact, her tabled question was about steps taken to ensure that Border Force staff are trained - Speech Link
2: crimes aggravated offences has helped the police to tackle them, but the law does not provide the same protections - Speech Link
3: Government have no direct role in this process. The Home Office will be launching a consultative White Paper - Speech Link
5. Oral Answers to Questions
04/06/2018 - Commons Chamber
1: soon to go to Malvern—a great loss. Will the Home Secretary join me in congratulating all those who have - Speech Link
2: up of families under these rules. Surely the Home Secretary should move faster to review his current family - Speech Link
3: operational and independent matter for the police so no Home Office guidance or briefings have been issued. - Speech Link