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£17 million for CashBack

Published: 17 Mar 2016 10:00
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Law and order

Criminals’ cash will help disadvantaged young people.

Some of the country's most disadvantaged young people will benefit from £17 million seized from criminals, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced today.

The money will be used to provide activities and opportunities as part of the next phase of CashBack for Communities which will run from April 1, 2017 until March 31, 2020 - with applications for funding opening early in the summer.

Mr Matheson made the announcement while visiting Granton Youth Centre where he met some of the young people already benefitting from the scheme. He said:

"I am extremely pleased to be able to announce a further £17 million of funding for the unique CashBack for Communities programme.

"This substantial amount will go a long way to changing the lives of our young people and it seems only fitting that this money seized from the criminals who seek to peddle misery in some of our most disadvantaged communities is reinvested back in to those same areas.

"As a Government we are committed to tackling inequality and CashBack offers every young person, regardless of their background, the opportunity to get involved in positive activities in their communities. It is my intention to focus this round of cash on improving the attainment, ambition and aspirations of our most disadvantaged young people.

"We have made it clear that we want Scotland to be the best place to grow up and part of achieving that goal is making sure all of our young people have the best possible start in life. That is why this Government created the CashBack for Communities programme and why we continue to support the valuable work it does."

Notes to editors

Background

Since 2008/09 CashBack has committed over £75 million to projects and organisations who work with young people, delivering more than 1.8 million activities and opportunities throughout the country.

For more information on CashBack for Communities, visit:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/policies/community-engagement/cashback

Information on CashBack investment and activity levels broken down by local authority area is also available on the CashBack website within the Local Authority information packs.

An external evaluation of the report has also been published today on the CashBack website. www.cashbackforcommunities.org/blog/blog/95/Available-Now-CashBack-for-Communities-Programme-Impact-Evaluation-Report-201415

Contact: Jenny Scott 0131 244 2939