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Safer Streets Fund increasing to ensure safety of women and girls

The Home Officer has confirmed that further funding will be given to English and Welsh communities to make the streets safer.

The news of an extra £50 million being given to the Safer Streets Fund comes on the one-year anniversary of the government publishing its strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.

Police forces, local authorities, British Transport Police, and eligible community groups across England and Wales will be given a share of the funding in order to combat against women and girls, neighbourhood crime, and anti-social behaviour.

Priti Patel, Home Secretary, said:

It has been one year since I launched our dedicated violence against women and girls strategy and in that year I have overseen incredible work to support victims, prevent violence against women and girls, protect citizens, and deliver justice.

“Our essential work with specialist groups is delivering practical support and change for women and girls across our communities and the Safer Streets Fund continues to make a difference to the safety of women and girls at a community level.”

The roll out of extra CCTV and streetlighting in communities is a key part of the projects, whilst working with people to change attitudes and behaviours to ensure that these crimes aren’t committed in the first place.

Northamptonshire, Humberside, and Nottinghamshire PCCs have already received funding through the previous rounds of the fund, implementing the money through homes security, community outreach, and initiatives to divert young people from crime through sports such as football and boxing.

This is the fourth round of the funding, taking the total awarded through the fund to £125 million, when combined with the Safety of Women at Night Fund.

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