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Knife offences in Leicestershire have risen by 63% since 2010, yet we’ve been denied a share of £22 million funding from the Home Office’s Early Intervention Youth Fund to deliver crime prevention programmes with young people and tackle serious violence. In January I wrote to the Home Secretary to challenge this decision and call for some of the remaining £5 million of unallocated funds to be spent in Leicestershire.

On 4th February, Labour secured an Urgent Question on knife crime and I called on the Home Office Minister to give Leicester the resources we need to tackle this growing problem.

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The Government has finally published its draft Domestic Abuse Bill, two years after pledging to change the law. Whilst I welcome the steps the Bill will take to reform family courts and create a commissioner for tackling violence against women and girls, I have serious concerns about a number of key issues that have been excluded. The Bill fails to address how women in poverty are less likely to leave abusive relationships because of concerns about money and it doesn’t recognise how migrant women who have suffered domestic abuse are not able to access financial support and are much less likely to seek help because they fear deportation.

In addition, the Bill only covers England and Wales, preventing it from being used to address human rights issues for women in Northern Ireland who are currently denied access to abortion. On 30th January, I challenged the Home Office Minister about the failures in this Bill.

You can read more about domestic abuse and the draft Bill here.

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Leicester has seen an increase in serious and violent crime of 12.5% since 2015, more than double the national average. The number of knife offences recorded by Leicestershire Police since 2010 has risen by 63%, more than three times that seen across England and Wales. However, Leicestershire Police hasn’t received any money from the Home Office’s £22 million Early Intervention Youth Fund to deliver early intervention and crime prevention programmes with young people.

I’ve joined Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Willy Bach in calling for some of the £5 million of unallocated money from the fund to be spent in Leicestershire. I’ve written to the Home Secretary to challenge his decision to allocate Leicestershire nothing from the fund and ask what action will be taken to help divert local young people away from gangs, violence and criminal activities.

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Liz asks for donations to Leicester foodbanks

Please, if you can, donate to your local foodbank. Since the rollout of Universal Credit began in Leicester, the number of people going to foodbanks in our city has gone up by 20%. With Christmas just around the corner, many people – including families with children – will be really struggling. To find out where your nearest foodbank is, ask your local councillor at leicester.gov.uk/councillors or get in touch with me and my office. Thanks to Action Homeless Leicester and Wonky Veg Boxes

Posted by Liz Kendall on Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Since the rollout of Universal Credit began in Leicester, the number of people going to foodbanks has gone up by 20%. With Christmas just around the corner, many people will really struggle. So please, if you can, donate to your local foodbank – not just over Christmas but throughout the year.

To find out where your nearest foodbank is, ask your local councillor at leicester.gov.uk/councillors or get in touch with me and my office at 42 Narborough Road on liz.kendall.mp {at} parliament(.)uk.

You can also read more about the work done by Action Homeless Leicester here.

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