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Government issue statement on Safer Streets Round Five Published Date: 07/07/2023

Suella Braverman, Secretary of State for the Home Department, has issued a statement in Safer Streets Round Five.  In her statement, Ms Braverman said:

"The Government remains committed to preventing and reducing crime and ensuring the public is better protected across all parts of the country; every crime matters, every victim matters and every neighbourhood matters. To that end, the Safer Streets Fund is central to the Government’s mission of levelling up. Everyone in this country should have the security and confidence that comes from a safe street and a safe home.

"This is why the Government is today announcing an additional £60 million investment in improving public safety through the launch of the fifth round of the Safer Streets Fund, running over the second half of the 2023/24 and the whole of the 2024/25 financial year.

Since the launch of the Fund in 2020, this Government has already invested £120 million through four rounds of funding, and an additional £5 million through the Safety of Women at Night Fund, supporting over 292 projects across high-crime areas.

"Earlier this year we published the formal evaluation of the first round of the Fund, which reflects that the initiative is improving understanding of crime prevention measures and making communities feel safer.

"We will build on the successes of the previous rounds through Round Five, which will continue to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB), neighbourhood crime and help to combat violence against women and girls in public places. All 43 Police and Crime Commissioners, and equivalents, across England and Wales will be eligible to receive £1.4m funding for tackling crime and ASB in their local area.

"Among the range of interventions we will be funding are: CCTV and streetlighting, which deter offenders by making it more difficult to commit crime, public guardianship initiatives, reducing opportunities for potential crime and policing interventions.

"This additional funding will continue to play a key role in ensuring our streets and communities are safe."