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Policy in detail: Cashback for Communities



St. Mirren


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Since 2008, £92 million of criminal cash has been committed to community initiatives to improve the quality of life for young people right across Scotland.


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.

 Phase 4 of the CashBack programme which runs from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020 has a stronger focus on helping tackle Scotland’s inequalities - raising the attainment, ambition and aspirations of those young people across Scotland who are disadvantaged by:-

  • Living in areas of deprivation; and/or

  • Being unemployed, not in education or training; and/or

  • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and/or

  • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending



More information is available on the Cashback for Communities website