Date lodged: 21 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it can ensure that third-sector organisations that deliver throughcare services for people leaving prison are not hindered by uncertainty over their funding.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 3 May 2017
Scottish Government funding for community justice services across Scotland remains at record levels following the 2017-18 Spending Review. This investment includes £99 million which is distributed through local authorities for the delivery of criminal justice social work and support services from the third sector aimed at preventing and reducing further offending.
Under the new model for Community Justice, local authorities, working with other statutory community partners and the third sector, have flexibility to use this funding to deliver statutory services and local priorities aimed at reducing reoffending including the provision of throughcare services. This partnership approach and decision making will help facilitate more collective discussions between key stakeholders and for partners to ensure improved alignment and sustainability of funding and the effective commissioning of throughcare services.
In addition, over 2012-17, the Scottish Government has provided £15.5m to support third sector services delivering practical, one to one mentoring to women offenders and prolific young male offenders.
Given this significant investment by the Scottish Government over a significant period, third sector organisations should also be working to attract funding from other sources including local authorities.