Community boost from Commissioner crime fund (31 July 2014)

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Charities and voluntary organisations across West Yorkshire have received a share of nearly £194,000 in the second 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 South Leeds Academy in Holbeck, last night (30/07),43 successful groups were awarded the thousands of pounds in cash. 

During the second round of the Fund, 188 applications totalling £895,000 were received by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire. 

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

"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 as funding cuts continue to impact on charities and voluntary groups. 

"This is the second round of my Safer Communities Fund awards and a total of £412,000 has now gone to good causes across West Yorkshire. The sheer volume of applicants demonstrates just how crucial this fund is and I am pleased to be able to support such good causes to ensure our communities are safer and feel safer. 

SCF Website 4"I am really looking forward to working closely with the groups who are 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. 

"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. 

"The third grant round for the Safer Communities Fund will open on 4 August with a specific equality and diversity theme, with more details on our website, so 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." 

In the first grant round of the Safer Communities Fund, a total of £218,000 was offered. 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.

In this second grant round of the Safer Communities Fund, we were able to offer a total of just under £194,000 with £174,000 in criminals assets, with the remainder provided from the revenue budget. 

Temporary Chief Constable, Dee Collins said:

"Communities across West Yorkshire continue to help us, bring to justice those within their neighbourhoods who are benefiting through the Proceeds of Crime.

"We continue to proactively seek those living beyond their means through their illegal activities under the ongoing 'Why Should They?' campaign. 

"Members of the public who suspect individuals are benefiting from ill-gotten gains can contact us in confidence and anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

"By helping to identify those involved, we can strip them of their assets and use it to the benefit of residents who have suffered at their hands."

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