CashBack for Communities Programme hits £1.5m in Midlothian

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Thursday November sixteenth 2023


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Native MSP Christine Grahame has marked 15 years of creating crime pay in Midlothian.

Talking in a Holyrood debate final week to commend the CashBack for Communities Programme, which is now in its fifteenth yr, Ms Grahame highlighted that greater than £1.5 million has been invested in tasks in Midlothian.

The programme is exclusive to Scotland and reinvests cash recovered underneath the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in tasks aimed toward diversion from delinquent behaviour, provision of constructive exercise, assist for wellbeing, and constructing confidence and expertise for younger folks.

Ms Grahame mentioned: “Tasks within the Midlothian acquired £110,926 this yr, bringing the overall funding in tasks within the space to £1,508,217.

“The cash has gone to all kinds of tasks, together with the motorcycle, boxing and common sports activities and health academies run by RUTS who I lately visited at Penicuik. I noticed the work being carried out to interact younger folks by the Boxing Academy, serving to them to realize teaching certificates and offering alternatives to volunteer in native golf equipment. This can be a nice instance of how this funding may also help younger folks to study worthwhile expertise and acquire a constructive outlook on their future.”

Since its inception, the programme has dedicated £130 million to supporting round 1.3 million younger folks, reinvesting legal belongings to offer assist to younger folks vulnerable to coming into the legal justice system and communities impacted by crime.


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