Challenges in Luton

  1. Increasing levels of violent & exploitative crime and segregation due to geo-political tensions. Rise in number of people in Luton caught with guns and knives | Luton Today
  2. Tommy Robinson, born in Luton, founder of English Defence League, a far-right, Islamophobic organisation in the UK. Did Tommy Robinson bring the UN to Luton? – Unity News Network
  3. Luton has a growing Muslim population and has been a hot bed of radical activity. The extremist group al-Muhajiroun has also been very active in the town. The 7/7 bombers assembled in Luton, before travelling to London to carry out their attacks. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/3406107/Report-identifies-UK-terrorist-enclaves.html
  4. Marsh Farm (Luton) Riots: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/extra-police-sent-to-riot-hit-estate-1590326.html

The graph shows a comparison between the Luton crime rate (Red) and National crime rate (Blue). It is clearly visible that Luton has consistently had higher crime rate compared to national figures over the decade. While there was a decline from 2011 to 2013, there was a gradual rise up until 2018. From 2018 to 2020, a consistent reduction in crime can be witnessed. This data shows since 2018, when the S.T.R.E.E.T.S framework was initiated, it has contributed to a collective community effort to reduce crime and set the foundation for progression in Luton. Key strategic partnerships with Luton Town Football Club – Community Foundation, Luton Netball and Luton Basketball Development League resulted in a synchronised delivery plan that worked harmoniously to offer a either further education or employment to the sports people. This method brought four main sports together, as part of a larger project, to form The Street League.

The Luton Street League project falls within the Council’s Community Local Led Development (CLLD) strategy funded by the European Social Fund. The CLLD project sets out a vision and action plan centred around six strategic objectives that all address in one way or another the many barriers to employment that certain sections of the Town’s population face as well as focusing on the importance of community cohesion in raising the outside perception of Luton to employers and potential visitors.