When there is a major challenge impacting our nation such as the cuts to Police numbers (not a lack of police powers as claimed by certain politicians), an acute lack of housing, cuts to education, cuts to social services, cuts to publicly funded youth services (a total destruction in some locations) the impact is huge. These elements along with many others have led to an increase in knife and gun related crimes in a number of settings and so the need for the Government to reverse some of their actions over the last 10 years is very evident. Inviting a few people into No 10 Downing Street for a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister is clearly no more than a superficial marketing attempt to say they want things to get better.
It is vital that if Theresa and her team are in any way interested in resolving these matters that the meetings take place outside of the secure and safe world of Downing Street and that it is not chaired by the one person who has overseen the last 3 years of problems, and indeed controlled the problems facing our police forces from 2010. Indeed a Politician is not the right person to chair such a meeting and to avoid the involvement of young people is ridiculous. To focus on London which of course is a significant part of the problem is fine if the work is to be London focused but if not then there is a need to ensure that there are participants from other parts of the country.