October 3, 2021

Safer Streets Fund allocations will make public spaces safer for all

Crimes against women and girls are abhorrent and still all too prevalent in our society. We are determined to ensure women feel safer going about their daily lives.

That is why earlier this year we launched the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, informed by the largest ever public survey of women and girls on this issue. As part of this, the £25m Safer Streets Fund will invest in crime prevention initiatives across the country where women and girls say they feel most unsafe.

The funding will go towards local projects aimed at increasing the safety of public spaces for all, but with a particular focus on tackling violence against women and girls.

The tragic cases of Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman touched us all. As we Build Back Safer from the pandemic, tackling violence against women and girls is our priority.

The Safer Street Fund will help cut crime and make public spaces safer

A large proportion of violence against women and girls takes place within the victim’s or offender’s home, but increasingly these crimes take place in public spaces. The responses to our Call for Evidence to inform the new Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy highlighted concerns about women and girls’ safety in public places in relation to public forms of harassment.

Police forces and local authorities across England and Wales, and the British Transport Police, are to receive a share of that £25 million, to spend in the 21/22 financial year, as we take our total investment in the Government’s Safer Streets Fund to £70 million.

Some Safer Street funding has already gone towards some measures proven to cut crime, including simple changes to the design of streets such as locked gates around alleyways, increased street-lighting, and the installation of CCTV. This additional funding will make even more of these kinds of projects possible.

Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)