|Hard up families failed by Labour - new report Posted by Ian at 8 31 PM on Saturday, August 22|
LABOUR has totally failed to cut crime in Britain’s poorest areas, according to new research.
The unemployed and people living in rented council homes are more likely than ever to be robbed to be robbed.
And fear of crime in Britain’s grimmest estates is now higher than ever before.
In 2001, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair said: ““When a culture is allowed to grow outside society’s mainstream – alienated, with no hope, a culture of broken homes, truancy, poor education, drugs, no job, or dead end jobs . . . when we sow the seeds of such a culture, we should not be surprised at the harvest we reap”.
And in his speech to the Labour Party conference last year, Gordon Brown added: “People feel their communities are changing before their eyes and it's increasing their anxiety about crime and anti-social behaviour. And so we will be the party of law and order.”
However, a hard-hitting new report published by Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling uses the government’s own data show Labour’s 12 year-long promises to be “tough on crime and the causes of crime” have been an abject fail;ure.
It shows that hundreds small pockets of severe social deprivation and high crime are still scattered across the country, often just yards away from some of the country’s wealthiest, and safest, areas.
The report will reveal:
* unemployed people are twice as likely to be a victim of crime than the average, with 7.6% a victim of violence in 2008/9 compared to 3.2% of all adults.
* If you have never worked or are long-term unemployed, you are more at risk of violence than someone in a professional occupation.
* Households with the lowest income (less than £10,000) are the most at risk of violence.
* Risk of being a victim of violence was twice as high for those individuals living in the 20 per cent most deprived areas in England (4.5%) compared with those in the 20 per cent least deprived areas (2.2%).
The report warns Britain has become “two nations”, one of high wealth and low crime, and another of large areas of severe poverty, poor health and education and, most importantly, high levels of crime.
It reveals millions of people are trapped in a culture of poverty, benefit dependency and social immobility - often living in sink estates that are a world apart from prosperous areas down the road.
People in council estates of Housing Association estates are almost three times more likely to be burgled than those who own their own homes (4.7% versus 1.7%).
One in three single parent families or tenants in social housing are most likely to suffer from nightmare neighbours and
The report also reveals that those areas suffering the worst crime and deprivation are just yards away from wealthier areas.
In Westminster, there are pockets of almost 100 per cent child poverty sitting right next to wards where no children live in poverty at all.
Despite half a million new jobs created in the capital before the start of the recession there are still areas where over one in three people are dependent on out of work benefits.
In Spinney Hills in Leicester, 80% of residents are living in poverty, compared to 4% in next door Knighton.
Similarly, in Liverpool’s Vauxhall area, half of working age adults are claiming state benefits. But in nearby Childwall that ffigure drops to 5%.
However, across the country the most vulneravble people are now people are living in fear.
Almost 50% of single parents say their fear ofc rime is “high”, compared to a nationwide average of 35%.
And nearly twice as many people living in the 20 per cent most deprived areas say fear of crime has a ‘high’ or ‘moderate’ impact on their quality of life compared to those living in the least deprived areas.