Cash boost for safety projects from proceeds of crime

Mark Burns-Williamson
Mark Burns-Williamson

Up to half a million pounds a year in criminal assets is to be delivered back to communities in West Yorkshire.

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns Williamson has today launched the Safer Communities Fund.

Money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act will go to community safety initiatives. Groups will be able to apply for up to £10,000.

He said: “Thousands of pounds recovered from criminals will be in four bidding rounds per year. Each submission must meet the priorities and outcomes outlined in my Police and Crime Plan.

“Under current legislation, the Government keeps half of the money seized from criminals, however, I want to see all of that returned to the county. I am leading a nationwide campaign to bring this money back and have launched a petition which I would urge everyone to sign. If it receives 100,000 signatures the subject will be discussed in parliament.