Community Safety funding confirmed for another year

Initiatives which work to cut crime and keep Merseyside’s communities safe have received a major boost today with the news the Police Commissioner has extended the funding to all the region’s Community Safety Partnerships for a further year.

Jane Kennedy has announced that she will continue to distribute more than £2m to Merseyside’s five Community Safety Partnerships by way of a Crime and Disorder Reduction Grant.

Each of Merseyside’s local authorities has its own Community Safety Partnership (CSP) which is responsible for reducing crime and disorder, tackling substance misuse and reoffending in their area.

The grants provided by the Commissioner are used to fund vital work which the Partnerships carry out to support victims of domestic abuse, violent crime and hate crime, as well as provide youth offending services and offender manager services. These grants are used to help the Commissioner achieve her key priorities in her Police and Crime Plan.

Jane Kennedy said: “I’m really pleased that I will be able to continue the vital funding to our Community Safety Partners for another year. The Partnerships do vital work to reduce crime and keep our communities safe.

“The Partnerships have been working since 1998 and are in the best possible position to understand the needs of the communities they serve. They have years of experience operating at a high level to reduce crime, solve problems and address the key issues in their areas.

“I will continue to work closely with the CSPs to deliver the most effective and efficient services to the people of Merseyside and ensure we tackle the issues that the public tell me matter most to them.”

Covering the largest metropolitan area, Liverpool City Council receives the largest grant of £962,000. Wirral Council receives £388,000 with Sefton Council being awarded £374,000, Knowsley receiving £204,000 and St Helens getting £197,000.

The CSPs were previously funded directly through central government until the creation of Police and Crime Commissioners, who were given the responsibility of managing Crime and Disorder Reduction grants in their area.

To monitor and develop the approach to community safety work, the Commissioner holds quarterly Merseyside Community Safety Partnership meetings attended by the lead councillor for community safety from each of the local authorities, representatives from each of the CSPs and a host of other key partners. Her team also holds bi-monthly meetings with the managers of all the CSPs to review the work and assess the outcomes.

Find out more about Crime and Disorder Reduction Grants here.


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