Date lodged: 30 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how much money has been returned to communities through the CashBack for Communities scheme since 2008.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 6 June 2018
This Government introduced the Cashback for Communities programme in 2008 as a way to reinvest monies attributed to proceeds of crime directly back into our young people living in areas most affected by crime. Since 2008, £92 million seized from criminals has been committed to a wide range of sporting, cultural, youth work and community opportunities, delivering over 2 million activities and opportunities to some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people.
Phase 4 of CashBack started on 1 April 2017. We are investing £17 million across 17 exciting new programmes that are even more focussed on disadvantaged young people in every Local Authority across Scotland. This will build on the success of the CashBack programme.