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Policy in detail: Cashback for Communities

St. Mirren

Since 2008, £75 million of criminal cash has been committed to community initiatives to improve the quality of life for young people right across Scotland.

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The CashBack for Communities programme is a unique Scottish Government Programme which takes funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them into community programmes, facilities and activities largely, but not exclusively, for young people.


The key principles that underpin CashBack activities include:

•Positive – broadly defined as wholesome, healthy, fun, active, engaging.

•Open to all – accessible, well advertised, free of charge, of interest to all ages and to both boys and girls, ethnic minorities, young people with disabilities etc.

•Developmental – changing behaviours and attitudes, developing personal and physical skills.

•Sustainable – providing medium and long term as well as short term benefits; linked to mainstream funding.


More information is available on the Cashback for Communities website www.cashbackforcommunities.org