Conservatives plan fund for youth engagement projects

Up to £10m from the party's crime prevention budget would go to projects chosen by former soap actor Brooke Kinsella

A future Conservative government would spend up to £10m of its crime prevention budget on funding youth engagement projects in the most deprived areas of Britain, according to Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary.

Speaking at an event hosted by think tank the Centre for Social Justice yesterday, at which party leader David Cameron also spoke about the Conservatives' ‘big society' agenda, Grayling said the criminal justice system alone could not solve the problems of violent crime and anti-social behaviour.

"The Government can't cut crime on its own," he said. "People need to improve their communities."

Former EastEnders actor Brooke Kinsella, whose brother was stabbed to death in 2008 and who is a trustee of the anti-knife crime charity the Ben Kinsella Trust, will help choose which projects to fund.

"Brooke will head a small group identifying local projects that should receive stable central funding," said a Conservative Party spokeswoman after the event. "The extra money required for her group will be between £5m and £10m and will come from the Home Office's existing crime prevention budget."

The spokeswoman said she was unable to provide details of what criteria an organisation would have to meet in order to receive funding.

At the event, Cameron said a Tory government would use "conservative means" to reach "progressive ends".

"The state is making our broken society worse, not better," he said. "It has taken away from people the desire to do things for themselves and their neighbours."


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