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Delivering for Scotland #54: Cashback for Communities

Crime shouldn’t pay, but the SNP believes that it should pay back. Since 2008, the SNP Scottish Government has committed £110 million from the proceeds of crime to community projects which raise the attainment, ambition and aspirations of young people from areas of deprivation across Scotland.

CashBack for Communities is a unique Scottish Government programme which reinvests funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 – with over £1.7 million spent in Angus alone. This money goes toward community programmes, facilities and activities largely – but not exclusively – for young people who may themselves be at risk of turning to crime and anti-social behaviour as a way of life.

Since the scheme began, it has delivered nearly two and a half million activities and opportunities for young people across all local authorities in Scotland – funding a variety of projects which in Angus have included those delivered through the Scottish Football Association and Rugby Union as well as Creative Scotland. These have all helped young people to try something new – beyond their means or out their comfort zone – forge relationships, make friends, and find positive role models.

The programme has helped young people learn new skills, achieve things they never thought they could, gain confidence, and find untapped creativity. It has given young people the chance to show what they can do, to take the lead, to be proud of themselves and their communities.

The SNP wants every young person growing up in Scotland to have an equal chance of success no matter their circumstances. CashBack has a vital part to play in expanding young people’s horizons and helping them reach their full potential.

The next stage of the programme will have particular focus on projects that support young people and communities most affected by crime. Scottish Government funding for the latest phase has been increased by £1 million – taking the total amount available over three years to £18 million.

The numbers of children referred to the Children’s Reporter on offence grounds or prosecuted in the courts have fallen substantially over the last decade… our Cashback programme supports that progress by giving many of Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people a wide range of positive opportunities to challenge themselves and inspire those around them.

– Ash Denham MSP

Scottish Government Minister for Community Safety