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Work Programme Provider Forum Riots, Gangs and Government’s response 26 th September 2011 PowerPoint Presentation
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Work Programme Provider Forum Riots, Gangs and Government’s response 26 th September 2011

Work Programme Provider Forum Riots, Gangs and Government’s response 26 th September 2011

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Work Programme Provider Forum Riots, Gangs and Government’s response 26 th September 2011

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  1. Work Programme Provider Forum Riots, Gangs and Government’s response 26th September 2011

  2. Characteristics of rioters: what do we know? Of the 1,715 people brought before the courts as of 12 September 2011… • 90% male, 10% female • 21% aged 10-17 (juveniles); 31% were aged 18-20. • 77% of adults and 55% of juveniles had a previous caution or conviction • 40% overall had more than 5 previous offences • 10% were either serving a community order or under license • Fewer juveniles in London and West Midlands than other regions

  3. Riots & Gangs: the bigger picture • Gangs only made up minority of those actually taking part in the violence, but role was significant. Riots aside, gangs can have a disproportionately negative impact on their local area • Those who join the gangs are the product more often of broken families and dysfunctional upbringing. Gangs can then create no-go areas, making neighbourhood rejuvenation difficult • As products of and creators of social breakdown, their role is hugely influential • Deal with violent and criminal activity: but must tackle root cause • Enforcement, intervention, prevention

  4. What can DWP do? • Benefit sanctions • Innovation Fund • European Social Fund • Universal Credit • Work Programme?

  5. Next steps • Challenge of Youth Unemployment – 3 October • Ending Gang Violence report to Parliament - October • Communities and Victims Panel – final report March 2012

  6. Questions?