Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed the record amount of cash recouped from criminals which is providing a lifeline to charities in Scotland via the Cashback for Communities scheme.
Figures from the Scottish Government show that over £100 million in cash and assets has been seized from gangland criminals since 2007 through Proceeds of Crime legislation and as a result of new tactics being deployed by Scotland’s police forces.
Over £50.4m of this has gone directly to organisations and agencies helping young people through the CashBack for Communities scheme. Inverclyde alone has benefited to the tune of £830,587 with over 30,000 young people benefiting from this funding.
“Since its launch in 2007, Cashback has given out £50.4m and over 1.5 million young people have directly benefitted.
“Criminals don’t contribute to our communities, they live off them and serious organised crime has an impact on everyone in Scotland, harming communities and legitimate businesses through drugs, extortion and counterfeit goods.
“This is an excellent source of funding for many organisations across Scotland and I would encourage all organisations in Inverclyde to look carefully if they can apply for funds from Cashback for Communities.
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. The Programme was developed in 2007 and activity began in financial year 2008/09.
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.