Community boost from Commissioner crime fund (2 May 2014)

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Forty five community groups across West Yorkshire have received a share of £218,000 in the first round of grants under the Safer Communities Fund.

Money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act is fed into this single community pot exclusively for local initiatives.

At an event at Tong High School in Bradford last night (01/05), successful applicants were awarded the thousands of pounds in cash. 

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said:

"As funding cuts continue to impact on charities and voluntary organisations, I am delighted to be able to provide these groups with the money that will allow them to provide an invaluable service to our local communities.

"The feedback I received from representatives of these groups at last night's event was extremely supportive and I was really interested to hear about the projects they will be delivering locally. I am really looking forward to working closely with the groups who will be key partners in making our communities safer and feeling safer.

"Each of the groups that were successful in their applications received 80 percent of the money. Every approved application was also looked at by an Independent Advisory Board made up of community safety representatives and those from the voluntary sector whilst meeting a strict criteria to deliver against my Police and Crime Plan.

"In this first grant round of the Safer Communities Fund, we were able to offer at total of £218,000. This was made up from £167,000 in criminals assets, with the remainder provided from the revenue budget of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

"Applications were received from a wide variety of groups in all parts of West Yorkshire and this significant level of demand really highlights the need to retain all Proceeds of Crime in the county.

"Under current legislation, the Government keeps half of the money seized from criminals. This is cash which could potentially double the amount available within my Safer Communities Fund.

"I am therefore leading a nationwide campaign to bring this money back and would urge everyone to sign my petition which would ensure the subject is discussed in parliament.

"The second grant round for the Safer Communities Fund will open on 12 May and I would encourage local organisations and groups to submit applications of up to £7,500 to make sure their communities will be safer and feel safer as a result of these monies." 

West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable John Robins said:

"West Yorkshire Police are determined to pursue criminals who benefit from crime and to seize their assets.

"We encourage anyone with information about people who appear to have unexplained assets, or are living beyond their means to speak to their local Neighbourhood Officers or through the non emergency number 101 or to call anonymously Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 

"I am delighted to see how the money that West Yorkshire Police has seized from criminals is being reinvested by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Mark Burns Williamson into our local communities.

"This illustrates our joint commitment to make our communities are safe and feel safer with West Yorkshire Police taking money from criminals and the Police and Crime Commissioner then reinvesting it into local groups, for the benefit of our local communities.

"This funding announcement is an excellent example of how hitting criminals where it hurts further benefits our communities." 


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Representatives from St Luke's CARES, The Edge Project, White Ribbon Campaign UK, British Military Martial Arts, Junior Neighbourhood Watch, Lower Grange Community Association , Together Women Project, Havercroft and Ryhill Sports and Youth Centre, Community Action Little London and Servias, Upper Hopton Cricket Club, Himmat/Ummid Project, Project Colt Group Work, The Thornbury Centre, New Wortley Community Association and Thornton Lodge Action Group receive their grants.


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