Tuesday 30 April 2019 / 3:13 PM Crime

Louise Casey criticises ‘inadequate’ government leadership on knife crime – Andrew Gwynne responds

Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, responding to Louise Casey’s comments that ‘inadequate’ government leadership and funding is hindering councils in tackling knife crime, said:

“The legacy of this government will not only be the mess that it has made of Brexit, but the vindictive cuts it has made to our local services which have led to higher crime – including higher knife crime – more poverty and increased homelessness.

“Under this Government, councils have seen half of their budgets stripped away creating chaos in our country, and a crisis in our local services and communities.

“Voters have a chance on Thursday to say enough is enough and invest in local schools, police and communities by electing a Labour council.”



Notes to editors

Former victims’ commissioner and architect of the Troubled Families programme Dame Louise Casey told the Home Affairs Committee today: “I think the Government’s strategy is woefully inadequate. What they are doing at the moment is not a match for the people out there doing bad. We have a lack of leadership at the centre.” https://www.themj.co.uk/Austerity-holding-back-local-government-fight-against-knife-crime/213513