SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has welcomed the news that young people across Inverclyde are directly benefiting from a redistributive Scottish Government initiative. Newly released figures reveal that Inverclyde has received £830,587 directly from the CashBack for Communities Programme.
The CashBack for Communities Programme is a unique Scottish Government initiative, which takes funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them back into communities. It focuses largely, but not exclusively, on providing opportunities for young people aged 10 to 25 years old to take part in free sporting, cultural, educational, youth work and employability activities. CashBack provides positive opportunities for young people in communities the length and breadth of Scotland, but it has a focus on those communities hard hit by crime and deprivation.
The Scottish Government has spent or committed over £50 million through CashBack to benefit young people between 2008/09 and 2013/14. This has funded over 1.5 million activities and opportunities for young people1. An additional £24 million has been committed to a further round of the Programme starting in April 2014.
Since the inception of the Cashback for Communities initiative, 30,945 opportunities and activities for young people in Inverclyde have benefited from funding.
“I welcome funding for Inverclyde youth projects from the CashBack Programme. We want to live our lives free from crime, disorder and danger. The CashBack Programme is designed to focus on positive outcomes for young people and communities. It is important that we use the proceeds of crime in a positive way to expand young people’s horizons and increase their opportunities to develop interest and skills in an enjoyable, fulfilling and supportive way. This funding will help to ensure that our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.”