CONSERVATIVE town councillor, Siôn Davies, is calling on the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner to waste no time in bidding for UK Government cash to help tackle youth crime in the area.

Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has doubled the Early Intervention Youth Fund from £11million to £22million – and bids are now invited for a share of the money to help projects over the next two years.

Cllr Davies, who represents the Elli ward said: “Tackling youth violence, and the causes of youth violence, should be a top priority, and I urge Plaid Cymru’s Dafydd Llywelyn to bid for this funding as soon possible.

“As Llanelli’s youngest councillor, I believe it’s never too early to start making sure young people have the guidance they need to stay on the right track.

“We all need to work together now to get the best deal for Llanelli, so that we stay a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Speaking at the launch of the scheme, the Home Secretary said: “Intervening early in the lives of vulnerable young people can help focus their talents on positive activities and steer them away from the dangers of serious violence.

“This is why we are doubling our Early Intervention Youth Fund to £22 million. The fund will support groups at the heart of our communities who educate and interact with youths – and provide them with an alternative to crime.”

The Home Secretary added: “We all need to work together to tackle this worrying issue.”

Police and Crime Commissioners who work in partnership with Community Safety Partnerships – or the equivalent – can bid for funding to deliver projects which steer young people away from violent crime.

Doubling the funding will allow successful PCCs and local partners to plan their work over the two years and maximise its impact in expanding programmes, developing innovative new schemes or drawing in additional funding.

The early intervention youth fund is one of 61 commitments which are already being delivered from the UK Government’s Serious Violence Strategy.

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