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S5W-12930: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comment by Anne Pinkman, the Convenor of the Scottish Working Group on Women’s Offending, in Scottish Justice Matters that "funding for services, even when they can evidence positive outcomes is a real issue".

Answered by: Michael Matheson 7 December 2017

The new funding distribution methodology for Criminal Justice Social Work funding, introduced in April 2017 and agreed with COSLA, delivers a more transparent and fairer system for distributing funding across Scotland. It allows statutory community justice partners and third sector to work collaboratively to tackle the underlying causes of offending. Every local authority has the flexibility to target resources to meet local priorities, which includes funding for women's services and programmes.

Decisions on the allocation of grant funding from Scottish Government in 2018-19 in respect of community justice services will be made in due course, in response to the outcome of the current Spending Review.