COMMUNITIES in Wrexham could benefit from ‘cashback’ from criminals as millions in seized assets is spent on projects nominated by the public.
The £4m Community Cashback Fund will be made available for schemes nominated through a website, at neighbourhood policing meetings or through Citizens’ Panels.
Successful bids will have to show how the local community is involved in suggesting the project, demonstrate good value for money and be related to tackling anti-social or criminal behaviour locally.
The Local Criminal Justice Board in North Wales will be able to submit project proposals for funding up to £95,000.
Home Secretary Alan Johnson said: “The Cashback fund will make a real difference to people’s lives – whether it’s installing security measures in a block of flats, restoring a vandalised play area or helping launch a youth club.”
Until now, money recovered from criminals has been split between frontline services such as the police and Government departments involved with the criminal justice system.