DWP and Home Office to launch strategy on preventing gang crime
- Published on Tuesday, 01 November 2011 09:07
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The government is to renew attempts to intervene in the lives of young people at risk of becoming gang members
Its new strategy will also seek to help those already involved escape a culture of drug dealing, robbery and violence.The Department for Work and Pensions aims to tackle 120,000 problem families in England and Wales, in some cases intervening before a child is born.
Labour says tackling gangs is vital but that government spending cuts could undermine the strategy.
The Home Office is promising tougher policing for those refusing to give up their gang lifestyles, with reports suggesting life sentences could be introduced for those convicted of supplying guns.