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Cashback from seized assets awarded to community groups - 16 October 2009

Communities across the country are now benefiting as illegal assets confiscated from criminals are being used to fund worthwhile community projects, Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced today.

The £4 million Community Cashback scheme gives local people a direct say on how criminal assets are spent in the fight against crime and antisocial behaviour. The scheme is funded by cash and assets seized from criminals.

Members of the public cast more than 45,000 votes for 1,225 community projects via a dedicated website, neighbourhood policing meetings and through Citizens’ Panels. Of these nominations, a total of 269 projects will receive a share of the fund with work now beginning on the first projects, which include:

* renovating a burnt out skate park near Brighton;
* funding for the Young People Against Knife Crime project to visit schools in Merseyside;
* renovating a derelict BMX track in Rochdale;
* opening a cricket club for young people in Newcastle; and
* restoring a derelict churchyard around a community centre in an industrial area of Sheffield.

The Community Cashback Fund is a pilot scheme for 2009/10. A decision will be made later in the financial year on how best to take this commitment forward.

Further information on this scheme is available from the Governmentfunding website.