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Crime prevention and community safety projects, including CCTV, are to benefit from£4m of funding in each of the n...
Crime prevention and community safety projects, including CCTV, are to benefit from£4m of funding in each of the next three years -£1m more than currently on offer, it has been announced.

Under the Community Safety Award Programme, the money is being made available directly to Community Safety Partnerships for community safety initiatives,£1m more than is currently on offer.

Part of the programme funding is from the extra£28m announced in finance minister Angus MacKay's Budget Statement to address drugs misuse. At least 18 per cent of the money must be aimed at initiatives which specifically tackle drug-related crime.

The new scheme replaces the 'Make Our Communities Safer' CCTV and Community Safety Challenge Competition Awards. It is based on local population and the number of crimes committed per person.

Deputy justice minister Iain Gray said:

'The Scottish executive is committed to strengthening all of Scotland's communities and improving people's lives. Crime and the fear of crime, particularly drug-related crime, are two of the biggest barriers to this.

'That is why we have been putting sustained investment into community safety projects and CCTV. I know from speaking to Scottish police officers that these have really helped them prevent and detect the kind of crimes that most worry the public, like house-breaking and car crime.

'The new Community Safety Award Programme, with this extra funding, will enable us to build on these successes. The kind of initiatives that could benefit are education and diversion schemes for young people, security programmes for the elderly, drop-in centres with advice on crime prevention and projects assisting the victims of crime.

'For the first time all councils in Scotland will benefit from the new award. I believe that the programme is fairer to all and provides councils with real incentives to create safer communities. This shows how, step-by-step, the executive is building for the long-term.'

The breakdown of funding for local authorities in each of the next three years is as follows:

Orkney Islands -£21,172.55

Shetland Islands -£26,753.53

Eileanan Siar -£23,512.31

Clackmannanshire -£61,109.45

Midlothian -£72,718.97

Inverclyde -£86,357.50

Moray -£69,883.47

Stirling -£68,481.62

Argyll & Bute -£62,002.27

East Renfrewshire -£63,528.28

East Lothian -£64,797.33

West Dunbartonshire -£98,695.32

Scottish Borders -£70,514.97

Angus -£74,353.66

East Dunbartonshire -£71,240.80

South Ayrshire -£81,645.14

East Ayrshire -£94,196.23

Perth & Kinross -£81,485.61

North Ayrshire -£93,806.82

Dundee City -£130,646.00

Falkirk -£88,715.97

Dumfries & Galloway -£85,353.57

West Lothian -£105,880.30

Renfrewshire -£120,738.48

Highland -£106,895.12

Aberdeen City -£174,346.96

Aberdeenshire -£107,773.79

South Lanarkshire -£143,906.92

North Lanarkshire -£156,319.29

Fife -£166,338.90

Edinburgh City -£230,523.00

Glasgow City -£296,305.87

Additional funding will also be made available for those community safety partnerships who have made the most progress with their strategies and action plans.

Details of funding for Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray were announced by Mr Gray on 23 August 2001.

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