The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on the 15 July 2019 delivered a major speech on the causes of crime, which comes as City Hall publishes analysis confirming a strong link between serious youth violence and Londoners affected by deprivation, poor mental health and poverty.
The new figures show that three-quarters of the boroughs in London with the highest levels of violent offending are also in the top 10 most deprived, while the same boroughs also have higher proportions of children under 20 living in poverty than the London average.
The statistics, in the most detailed study of the causes of violent crime ever undertaken in London, show that more than a quarter of all young Londoners live in the most deprived areas of the capital. It also reveals that serious youth violence in the capital started rising in 2012.
The link between poverty and crime
Every law enforcement leader knows from years of experience that children immersed in poverty are more likely to turn to crime. Research also consistently confirms that. For example, in a large study conducted by Cambridge University, boys from the poorest quarter of all families were two and a half times more likely to be convicted of a violent crime as adults than boys from the wealthier three quarters of all families in the study.
A new study shows that children growing up in poverty are seven times more likely to harm themselves and be involved in violent crimes as young adults. This research highlights the importance of providing child-friendly public services, housing, education and mentorship.
Rising child poverty in Britain is a serious problem, made more serious by the failure to understand why those numbers are growing and to focus on the right solutions to it.
People from minority ethnic groups are, on average, much more likely to be in income poverty than white British people, the differences being greatest for children and least for pensioners. Almost half of all children from minority ethnic groups are in poverty.
For all family types, people from minority ethnic groups are, on average, more likely to be in income poverty than white British people, the differences being greatest for couples with children and least for lone parents.
For all family work statuses, people from minority ethnic groups are, on average, more likely to be in income poverty than white British people, the differences being greatest for ‘working families’ (families where at least one adult is in paid work) and least for ‘workless families’ (families where no adult is in paid work)
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