Clydebank's MSP has thanked a Scottish Government scheme which has seen millions of pounds recovered as criminal assets reinvested into the local community.

Marie McNair MSP has welcomed the CashBack for Communities support that has provided over £2 million in funding to projects across West Dunbartonshire. 

The CashBack for Communities programme looks to reinvest criminal assets recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) into projects delivering positive futures for young people.

This funding has been targeted at projects supporting young people at risk of anti-social behaviour, those impacted by adverse childhood experiences and to help those under 25 to improve their health and wellbeing. 

And Ms McNair revealed, since its launch in 2008, nearly £2.5m has been given to various local good causes.

She said: “CashBack for Communities has been a vital support to young people in Clydebank, helping those in need to turn their lives around and gain access to employment, education and volunteering opportunities.

“In West Dunbartonshire, this scheme has seen £2,450,696 invested in local projects since 2008, with £360,833 provided so far in 2022/23.

“These projects make a real difference to the lives of young people across Clydebank and the whole constituency, and I warmly welcome the commitment from the SNP Government that this will continue until at least 2026.”

Since 2008,  £130 million has been committed to community initiatives to improve the quality of life of young people right across Scotland. 

Over 2.5 million activities and opportunities for young people have been delivered so far.

Phase six of the scheme runs from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2026 and will deliver a range of trauma-informed and person-centred services and activities for young people between the ages of 10-25.