London Mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled a £1.4m fund to tackle knife crime, boasting of a £6,400 award to a London Islamic Centre while maintaining that his budget doesn’t allow him to hire more police.
The announcement this week revealed the Mayor plans to give the tax payer funded Croydon Black and Minority Ethnic Forum £49,736 to “deliver training and support to five grassroots organisations who provide activities for people affected by knife crime in Croydon”. The programme is said to reach “at least 60 people”.
The Somali Relief and Islamic cultural centre — which shares an address with the Learner’s Academy — will receive £6,337 “to deliver five community consultation events for 100 Somali parents and young people in Southwark to raise awareness of knife crime”.
Khan has maintained, throughout his tenure, that he cannot solve London’s crime problems due to a lack of funding from central government. But the Mayor has blown millions on “green” initiatives, hate-crime monitoring, exclusive toilets for London bus drivers, and other vanity projects.
Hammersmith and Fulham Anti-Tribalism Movement — another organisation already in receipt of UK tax payer cash via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office — will receive £31,173 for the Anti-Tribalism Movement which will go towards tackling “anti-social behaviour affecting young Somali men living in London”.
Mancunian Way will receive £8,650 to reach “100 young estate residents engaged in or at risk of knife crime in Hackney”, while Dwaynamics CIC boxing club will receive £49,780.
The Flavasum Trust — which produces anti-knife crime murals, theatre pieces, and school performances — will get £14,016 “to deliver awareness-raising workshops to 4,000 pupils in 20 London schools in areas worst affected by knife crime, including Newham, Lambeth and Tower Hamlets”, while Raw Material Music and Media Education will get £34,498 to help 50 young people in Brixton “to engage in creative activities and training and employment workshops over 40 weeks”.
The final disclosed cash awards will go to the WISE Youth Trust (£20,000) “to deliver workshops, music production and digital media skills courses for 150 young people in Hackney and Tower Hamlets” and the ML Community Enterprise group (£32,664) which will “deliver a therapeutic support project for 24 young male and female victims of crime and violence in Lambeth”.