Last Week the Redbridge Council Budget meeting, Leader of the Council, Cllr Jas Athwal announced a £50,000 Community Safety Fund.

The fund has been launched in response to rising crime in Redbridge thanks to the £1bn of police cuts imposed by the Conservative government. Redbridge Council is committed to aiding and supporting vital community groups combating crime and antisocial behaviour in the borough, where the government have failed.

Cllr Athwal said "We want the £50,000 Community Safety fund to help support community safety initiatives such as training for Neighbourhood watch groups, Street Watch and other organisations who wish to apply."

Community groups can apply for up to £3,000 for training and equipment to assist them in combatting crime and antisocial behaviour safely in the community. Redbridge Council has been trying to create a more citizen-participatory borough in recent months and this fund will aid in this goal.

Cllr Athwal said "We want to promote good citizenship and support those in our community who feel they can assist in crime prevention and keeping an eye out in their community".

Cllr Athwal announced initial funding to the Street Watch group last week pending proper formation of their organisation and funding proposals. Grant funding applications for other groups will be available later in the year.