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Mayor to invest £15 million in activities for Londoners

PICTURED: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

THE MAYOR of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans for £15 million of new investment into youth projects and programmes that are predominately in the capital’s high-crime areas in a move which will provide positive opportunities for up to 40,000 young Londoners.

Community groups and projects can apply for the next wave of the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund, with £15m available to support these vital services in giving young Londoners a chance to shape their future.

The Young Londoners Fund is part of a package of measures aimed at encouraging young people to make the right choices and, for some, diverting them away from criminality and anti-social behaviour.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “If you run a community group or project that is making a difference to children and teenagers in the capital, please apply for this funding and give young Londoners a chance to shape their future.

“Over the last year I’ve seen first-hand the difference that organisations are already making to thousands of young people in our city and we must continue to provide positive, meaningful activities to help them make the right choices in life.

“We created the Young Londoners Fund to provide young people with positive alternatives to crime and to help Londoners to get out of criminal gangs and violence and into employment and training.

“Diversion and prevention must go hand-in-hand with enforcement in our fight against violent crime in London, which is why this fund is an essential part of City Hall’s public-health approach to tackling the root causes of crime.”

Despite continued lobbying for additional funds for these vital services, central government continues to cut funding for preventative and social services. More than £39m has been lost from London’s youth services since 2011, meaning that local authorities have had their youth service budgets cut by an average of 44 per cent, resulting in the closure of 81 youth centres and the loss of at least 800 full-time youth workers in the capital*.

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