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Payback schemes receive £500,000 slice
Community payback projects across the north and north-east of Scotland have been awarded £500,000 in new funding, as part of the £4m set aside last year to enable unpaid work from low level offenders.
The awards were announced by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, during a visit to a community cleanup operation around the Caledonian Canal.
MacAskill said: ”Half a million pounds of funding, taken from criminals, is now being combined with the labour of low level offenders in projects that benefit communities in the North and North East."
Latest official statistics suggest that sending low level offenders out on community service is more effective in stopping further crime than a short term prison sentence. Over 73 per cent of offenders imprisoned for three months or less will re-offend within two years compared to just 38 per cent of those who receive community service.
Some of the projects to benefit from this latest slice of funding include:
- £45,699 Aberdeen Graveyard Project - Equipment for graveyard restoration, work repairing damaged gravestones where families cannot be traced
- £19,600 Highland Literacy and Orienteering Trail -Building a forest trail
- £101,063 Aberdeen City sports projects - Includes: creating outdoor sport centre boules pitches, repair and repainting tennis courts, refurbishing outdoor sports centres pavilions and creating rain shelters and signage on public golf courses
- £54,960 Clachnacuddin FC Regeneration Project -Football pitch regeneration and improvement
- £88,175 Highland Fit Trail -Playing field restoration and creating a “Fit Trail” in Lochaber
- £60,000 Moray multi-sports - To help create a floodlit multi-sport facility for football training, tennis, basketball