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Knife Crime: Government Policy

Published Thursday, June 20, 2019

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate on the impact of government policy on knife crime.

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On 27 June 2019, the House of Lords is due to debate a motion moved by Lord Paddick (Liberal Democrat). The motion is that “this House takes note of the impact of government policy on knife crime”. This briefing sets out recent statistics relating to knife crime and provides an overview of government policy on the issue, alongside some of the reaction to it.

Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) demonstrates that in recent years, the level of offences involving a knife or sharp object has risen, in some cases reaching historic highs.

Responding to this rise in serious violence, including knife crime, the Government has announced a series of initiatives aimed at tackling the problem. These include: expanded police powers in relation to stop and search; ring-fenced funding to tackle knife crime; and a consultation on a new legal duty to support a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence. These measures have received a mixed response. While some have welcomed the actions taken, others have argued the Government is not doing enough.

Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0082

Author: Nicole Winchester

Topics: Alternatives to prison, Central government, Crimes of violence, Ministers, Offensive weapons, Police, Public order offences

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